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Press Release: Spring 2021 Programs

University Museums presents hybrid schedule of education programs for the spring 2021 semester

AMES, IOWA - January 25, 2021 Iowa State University Museums announces the 2020 fall semester programs for the Brunnier Art Museum, Christian Petersen Art Museum, Farm House Museum, Anderson Sculpture Garden, and Art on Campus Collection.

Similar to ISU classes, University Museums will be offering a hybrid schedule of online and in-person educational programs through July 2021. Virtual programs can be viewed on the University Museums YouTube Channel. For webinars and in-person programs, please register in advance on the University Museums’ website. Due to COVID-19 guidelines, in-person programs will have a limited number of seats available for registration on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Masks are required for all program attendees per Iowa State University policy. Seating will be placed 6 feet apart and we kindly ask that all attendees respect physical distancing. Chairs will be cleaned both before and after the program. Hand sanitizers will be available at the entrance to each museum.

Programs are free and open to the public. For any changes to events or weather cancellations, go to the website, social media outlets, or call the University Museums office at 515-294-3342.


Education Programs: February through July 2021

Compelling Ground Curator’s Exploration - Monday, February 1
VIRTUAL PROGRAM: Take a virtual tour of the new Brunnier Art Museum exhibition Compelling Ground: Landscapes, Environments, and Peoples of Iowa with Adrienne Gennett, Associate Curator of Collections and Education.

Artist Talk with Tilly Woodward - Tuesday, February 9, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
WEBEX PROGRAM: Tilly Woodward, Artist and Curator of Academic and Community Outreach, Grinnell College Museum of Art, is also a featured artist in the Compelling Ground: Landscapes, Environments, and Peoples of Iowa exhibition. Woodward will discuss her artistic practice, her interest in the landscape of Iowa and her paintings that are on exhibition.

Faces of Iowa State “Portrait Cam” Livestream - Wednesday, March 3           
VIRTUAL PROGRAM: Get a behind the scenes look at the painting process of Rose Frantzen, as she paints new portraits for her public art installation Faces of Iowa State. Livestream times will be posted on University Museums’ website and social media channels on March 1.

Artist Talk: Rose Frantzen - Thursday, March 4, 4:30 to 6 p.m.
Kingland Hub, 1450 Gerdin Business Building
IN-PERSON PROGRAM: In conjunction with the Perceptions of Identity: Paintings by Rose Frantzen exhibition and her new public art installation at the Gerdin Business Building, artist Rose Frantzen will give a talk on her recent studio and public artworks.

A Performance with Mary Swander: Poetry, Farming, and More! - Sunday, March 28, 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Brunnier Art Museum (for in-person)
WEBINAR & IN-PERSON PROGRAM: Mary Swander, Former Poet Laureate of Iowa and emerita Distinguished Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences, ISU, is a leader in conversations about farming and the wider rural environment in Iowa through creative arts. In conjunction with Compelling Ground: Landscapes, Environments, and Peoples of Iowa, Swander will read her poetry in this virtual program, which will be livecast in the Brunnier Art Museum or can also be viewed on WebEx. Pre-registration is required for either option.

Art Nouveau Innovation: Danish Porcelain from an American Collector Open House - Thursday April 8, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. (timed entry)
Brunnier Art Museum
IN-PERSON PROGRAM: Visit the exhibition Art Nouveau Innovation and have the opportunity to speak to Museum of Danish America Executive Director Tova Brandt and Associate Curator of Exhibitions Diya Nagaraj as well as collector Dr. Todd Reiser and University Museums’ Associate Curator Adrienne Gennett. The first two timed entries are reserved for members of the Museum of Danish America (Elk Horn, IA) and University Museums (4:30 and 5 p.m.) and the final two entries are open to the general public (5:30 and 6 p.m.). Pre-registration is required to reserve a space.

REGISTER FOR 4:30 PM ENTRY (members-only)
REGISTER FOR 5:00 PM ENTRY (members-only)
REGISTER FOR 5:30 PM ENTRY (general public)
REGISTER FOR 6:00 PM ENTRY (general public)

Panel Discussion: The Changing Face of Iowa Farming - Tuesday, April 13, 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
WEBINAR PROGRAM: With Hannah Breckbill, Shelley Buffalo, Dr. Angie Carter and Patti Naylor. Join a panel of experts as they discuss the changing face of farming in Iowa. Panelists include academics and practicing Iowa farmers who will examine the history and future of Indigenous, queer, and women farmers working the land while developing more sustainable farming practices in Iowa.

The Products and Markets of American Commercial Whaling, 1750-1920 - April 27, 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.
WEBINAR PROGRAM: Delve further into the fascinating history behind the objects featured in the exhibition Flicker and Flame: Whale Oil and Kerosene Lamps at the Farm House Museum. Join special guest Michael Dyer, Curator of Maritime History at the New Bedford Whaling Museum (New Bedford, MA) as he explores the rise and fall of whale oil in America.

Charles Ginnever: Transforming Perspectives Curator Exploration - Wednesday May 12, 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Anderson Sculpture Garden
IN-PERSON PROGRAM: Join Assistant Curator Sydney Marshall on an outdoor walking tour of the Ginnever: Transforming Perspectives exhibition in the Anderson Sculpture Garden. She will share insight on Ginnever’s career and artistic practice, guiding viewers through the new public art exhibition.

Christian Petersen and Memorial Art: A Conversation - Thursday, June 17, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Morrill Hall Auditorium, Room 2019
IN-PERSON PROGRAM: In conjunction with the exhibition From Time Immemorial: Art as Commemoration, Assistant Curator Sydney Marshall and Collections Manager Allison Sheridan will explore how the Art on Campus Collection at Iowa State incorporates public memorial to honor the sacrifice of life, significant contributions by individuals, and showcase narratives of progress with a focus on the artwork of Christian Petersen.

Celebrating Iowa State’s Public Art - Friday, July 9, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Across Campus Various locations
IN-PERSON PROGRAM: Over 3,000 public works of art make up the Art on Campus Collection and are located across campus in buildings, courtyards, open spaces and classrooms. Join the University Museums staff throughout the day for Art on Campus focused tours that celebrate and explore this diverse collection. Tours will occur at various sites around campus throughout the day with details announced in May, 2021.

University Museums cannot guarantee an environment free of the risk of transmission of COVID-19. Visiting University Museums includes possible exposure to and serious illness from infectious diseases including but not limited to COVID-19. Visit at your own risk. University Museums does recognize the possibility of an additional outbreak and that things may change. The University Museums and ISU emergency teams will monitor this closely and facilities may have to close again. University Museums may make very quick decisions on shutdowns or cancellations due to capacity concerns, health precautions, staffing and occupancy-related considerations.

Program Support

For programs in conjunction with Compelling Ground: Landscapes, Environments, and Peoples of Iowa, support is in part, by the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Generous support was also given by: Dwight and Marilyn Conover; Debbie Gitchell in honor of Jon Fleming; Kate Gregory; Carole Horowitz; Betty and Dennis Keeney; Cal and Frankie Parrott; Dorothy and Robert Rust; Clifford Smith; and David and Marianne Spalding.
For programs in conjunction with Perceptions of Identity: Paintings by Rose Frantzen, sponsorship is provided by the Debbie and Jerry Ivy College of Business. Generous support was provided by Avis Lovell Andre, Vickie and Norman Hill, Robert and Nancy Lindemeyer, and Cynthia and John Paschen, MD. Exhibition programs are sponsored by the Kathy and John Howell Art Enrichment Program.
Art Nouveau Innovation: Danish Porcelain from an American Collector is organized by the Museum of Danish America, Elk Horn, Iowa from the collection of Dr. Todd Reiser. The exhibition program is sponsored by the Kathy and John Howell Art Enrichment Program.
For all other programs, generous support is provided by the Kathy and John Howell Art Enrichment Program.


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