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Altered Landscapes

At the Brunnier Art Museum
Lori A. Jacobson Gallery
Wednesday, August 24 through Sunday, December 18, 2022

Whether changed by nature or humanity, the landscapes that surround us have inevitably been altered in a myriad of ways. Iowans live in a landscape considered to be one the most changed in the country and it is a subject of constant discussion and evaluation amongst urban and rural citizens of the state. Natural prairie lands nurtured powerfully rich soil that was cultivated in mass acreages. Cities and urban skylines climbed into the skies on land that was once devoid of human built structures. Today, landscape changes continue at an exponential rate as more dramatic weather events prompted by climate change affect natural and built environments throughout the world.

Landscapes have long been a source of inspiration for artists. Artistic depictions of the natural and built world are often renowned for their beauty and uncomplicated representations. For the contemporary viewer these works of art allow an understanding of the changes many landscapes have endured at the hands of nature and humanity. Drawn from University Museums’ permanent collection, Altered Landscapes examines art in various media that portrays the changed landscape, both natural and built. The art on exhibition is a testament to the enduring popularity of landscapes in art, but also how these works of art create a historical narrative of change, one that continues in perpetuity as both nature and humanity continue to physically alter the world as we know it.



Black Sabbath Cyclone, 2017
Ellen Wagener
Pastel on paper
Gift of the artist in honor of Mrs. Janet Leath, first lady of Iowa State University. In the Art on Campus Collection, University Museums, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa. UM2015.80

Threshing, 1933
Dorothea Tomlinson Marquis
Oil on canvas
Purchased by Iowa State College. Conservation by Upper Midwest Conservation Association funded by Beverly and Warren Madden, Art Klein, and the University Museums Membership. In the Permanent Collection, Brunnier Art Museum, University Museums, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa. UM96.75

Mural Study: Lower Manhattan, 1936
Louis Lozowick
Gift of Lee Lozowick. In the permanent collection, Brunnier Art Museum, University Museums, Iowa State University. UM82.251

Exhibition Programs

Find full descriptions of programs on the University Museums Calendar. All programs are free and open to the public. Registration is encouraged but not required. Click the event title to register. Events listed below will be at the Brunnier Art Museum (1805 Center Dr., 295 Scheman Building, Ames, Iowa) unless otherwise noted. Programs are subject to change. Check the University Museums Calendar and Facebook page for the latest events information.

Date Night in the Brunnier Art Museum

Friday, October 21, 5:00–7:00 p.m.

Start your date night out right with a scavenger hunt in the Brunnier! Have fun finding all the hidden images with your special someone or come with friends and compete to see who can find all the images first.

Visit the Brunnier Art Museum

Wednesday - Friday, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Closed to the public Monday & Tuesday. ISU curriculum tours may be scheduled on these days with a 2-week notice.

Closed University Holidays

Thanksgiving Break 2022 Hours:
Closed Monday & Tuesday, Nov. 21 & 22
Open Wednesday, Nov. 23
Closed Thursday & Friday, Nov. 24 & 25
Open Saturday & Sunday, Nov. 26 & 27

Address: Scheman Building (2nd Floor), 1805 Center Drive, Ames, Iowa
Admission: The cost is free; however, there is a suggested donation of $8.

This exhibition is curated and organized by University Museums, with support from University Museums membership.

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