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Julie W Chang: Vibrant Matter

At the Christian Petersen Art Museum, Morrill Hall
Tuesday, January 18 - Friday, July 22, 2022

Hidden histories visible and material.

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Through this exhibition in the Christian Petersen Art Museum, layered patterns made from symbols of modern life appear in multiple series of her studio works spanning the past ten years. The artist works in a variety of media, from acrylic chandelier forms, hanging scrolls, to colorfully patterned paintings. Her most recent Amulet series is featured in the exhibition, which explores the idea of protective objects and symbols, interwoven and layered to form an abstracted painting derived from the artist's understanding of cultural identity and creation of a symbolic protection. 


IMAGES: All works by Julie W Chang, on loan from the artist and Hosfelt Gallery.  
Detail from Amulet series, 2021.
Yellow Azaleas, 2007. Acrylic on panel.
Lotusaumswords, 2021. Acrylic and resin on panel.
Various hanging scrolls, 2007. Inkjet and silkscreen on paper.

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. Events listed below will be at the Christian Petersen Art Museum unless otherwise noted. Programs are subject to change. Check the University Museums Calendar and Facebook page for the latest events information.


Opening and Artist Lecture

Wednesday, February 9, 4:30-6:30 pm
Morrill Hall Auditorium, 2017 Morrill Hall, 603 Morrill Road

Join us for the opening reception of artist Julie Chang’s exhibition in the Christian Petersen Art Museum followed by a lecture at 5:30 p.m. where Chang will discuss her work as both a public and studio artist in the Morrill Hall Auditorium. Light refreshments provided.


Visual Literacy: Interactive Student Learning Workshop

Thursday, February 24, 3:10-4:00 pm
2030 Morrill Hall, 603 Morrill Road

Explore the possibilities that project-based learning, visual literacy practices, and museum collaborations can bring to your curriculum through this workshop. In partnership with CELT and University Museums, this event will be led by University Museums curator Sydney Marshall; coordinator of the CELT Mindfulness Walks Series Karen Couves; and Rob Whitehead, Associate Professor of Architecture and former CELT University Faculty Fellow for High Impact Practices. University faculty and educators will gain knowledge of teaching resources available on campus and become more familiar with the process of engaging with Museums to build their curriculum in the future.


Letterpress Prints, Abstracted Patterns

Thursday, March 24, noon-1:00 pm

Join Art and Visual Culture Assistant Professor Raluca Iancu to try your hand at layering letterpress blocks to create your own abstracted pattern, inspired by the Julie Chang exhibition in the Christian Petersen Art Museum. The Memorial Union Workspace will also be leading a creative craft responding to the exhibition. Pizza will be provided and curator Sydney Marshall will lead a tour of the exhibition at 12:30 pm.


Open House Weekend

Saturday & Sunday, April 2 & 3, 1:00-4:00 pm
Christian Petersen Art Museum & Farm House Museum

Having trouble getting to the museum during the week? Enjoy the Museums central campus locations and spring exhibitions during an open house weekend. At the Christian Petersen Art Museum see Julie Chang and All the Evils: Christian Petersen and the Art of War. At the Farm House Museum, the exhibition Arts & Craftsman: Simplicity, Honesty, and Truth to Materials will be open.


Representing Agriculture Through Public Art: University Museums as a Student Service

Tuesday, April 12, noon-1:00 pm
Begins at Curtiss Hall, lower level rotunda

Join CALS Student Services and University Museums for a student-focused tour of Curtiss Hall's public art and exploration of services available to all students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences followed by a viewing of the exhibition in the Christian Petersen Art Museum at Morrill Hall. Julie Chang is the artist behind the rotunda art at Curtiss Hall and has an exhibition in the Christian Petersen Art Museum spring semester 2022.


Visit the Christian Petersen Art Museum

Hours: Monday-Friday, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Closed weekends and University Holidays
Address: Campbell Gallery, 1017 Morrill Hall, 603 Morrill Road, Ames, Iowa
Admission: The cost is free, however there is a suggested donation of $8.

This exhibition is organized by University Museums. Major support for this exhibition is provided by Arthur Klein. Additional support is generously provided the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Shelley Taylor, Jim and Marcia Borel, Frankie and Cal Parrott, and University Museums Membership. 

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