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Ginnever: Transforming Perspectives

In the Elizabeth and Byron Anderson Sculpture Garden, around Morrill Hall on central campus


An exhibition of Charles Ginnever’s flat illusion sculptures spanning 45 years of Ginnever’s career is installed Anderson Sculpture Garden as well as the front lawn of Scheman Building from fall 2020 through fall 2022. This exhibition explores how Ginnever’s large scale public works of art challenge the certainty we feel in our own ability to view space and visual information accurately. Visit in person to experience the countless transforming figures these sculptures present as you visit them in-the-round.

Artist Biography:
Internationally acclaimed, Charles Ginnever was a sculptor who created large-scale public works of art meant to challenge the traditional Western idea of perspective and create depth within sculpture.  By locating the large-scale works of art outside, Ginnever’s sculptures were placed in conversation with the architecture and natural elements that surrounded them. Throughout his 60-year career, Ginnever explored simple planar geometric forms, manipulating them to build complexity and movement as you view the sculptures in the round.

Support for this exhibition is graciously provided by the Byron R. Anderson Sculpture Garden Fund, Betty and Dennis Keeney, and the University Museums Membership. With special appreciation to the Ginnever Trust, the John and Molly Ott Collection, and Karen and Robert Duncan Collection.  With gratitude to Tessa Peters, Anne Pagel, Trisha Bergren and Anne Kohs in the exhibition preparation.


LEFT: Walkabout, 1987 by Charles Ginnever (American, 1931-2019). Bronze with patina.  On loan from the Jon and Molly Ott Collection, California.

CENTER: Cobra, 1984 by Charles Ginnever (American, 1931-2019). Steel. Collection of the University Art Museums, Iowa State University, Ames, IA. Gift of Anne and Gerald D. Kohs.

RIGHT: Untitled [Flat Illusion Series], 1968 by Charles Ginnever (American, 1931-2019). Steel. On loan from the Jon and Molly Ott Collection, CA.

Visit the Anderson Sculpture Garden

Hours: Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week
Address: Around Morrill Hall, 603 Morrill Road, Ames, Iowa

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