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Past Exhibitions

The following list is a selection of past exhibitions presented by University Museums beginning with the most recent and ending with the inaugural exhibitions in 1975. For additional information about any of these exhibitions or to inquire about exhibitions not listed, please contact Lynette Pohlman, director and chief curator.

If no parenthetical location follows the exhibition title, the exhibition was held in the Brunnier Art Museum. Acronyms used in parentheses indicate alternative museum locations: CPAM (Christian Petersen Art Museum), ASG (Anderson Sculpture Garden), FHM (Farm House Museum).


Exhibition title

Exhibition dates

Joyce J. Scott: Messages

January 17 to May 14, 2023

John Buck: Prints and Sculptures from the Collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation

August 24 to December 18, 2022

Altered Landscapes

August 24, to December 18, 2022

Double Take: Insights on Figural Expression (CPAM)

August 22 - December 16, 2022

All the Evils... Christian Petersen and the Art of War (CPAM)

January 18 to December 16, 2022

Arts and Craftsman: Simplicity, Honesty, and Truth to Materials (FHM)


From Time Immemorial: Art as Commemoration (CPAM)


Collecting Craft: Studio and Contemporary Makers from the Permanent Collection

January 19 - July 22, 2022

Julie W Chang: Vibrant Matter (CPAM) Gallery Guide

January 18 - July 22, 2022

Ginnever: Transforming Perspectives (ASG)

March 2020 - July 2022

Studio to Contemporary Glass: 1960s to Today

September 7, 2021 - July 1, 2022

Ginnever: Folded Forms (CPAM)

August 23 - December 17, 2021

Arte Cubano

August 25 - November 21, 2021

Flicker and Flame: Whale Oil and Kerosene Lamps (FHM)

February 8 - October 29, 2021

Perceptions of Identity: Paintings by Rose Frantzen (CPAM) Gallery Guide

January 25 - July 30, 2021

Compelling Ground: Landscapes, Environments, and Peoples of Iowa

January 25 - July 23, 2021

Creating Global Understanding: World Languages and Cultures and University Museums (CPAM)  Gallery Guide

January 13 - July 31, 2020

Artists in Iowa: The First Century

September 19 - December 22, 2019

Force of Nature: The Art of Susan Chrysler White (CPAM)

August 26 - December 19, 2019

Timeless: Love and Romance in the Victorian Era (FHM)

January 16 - November 1, 2019

Designed for a Modern Life (CPAM)

October 25, 2018 - June 28, 2019

Unpacked: Refugee Baggage (CPAM)

September 4 - October 19, 2018

In Focus: Daguerreotypes, Tintypes and Photographs from the Farm House Museum Collection (FHM)

January 16 - October 31, 2018

Manuel Neri: Ambiguity, Mystery And Allure (CPAM)

January 8 - May 18, 2018

Face Value: Portraits of Leaders (CPAM)

March 19 - 28, 2018

Amy N. Worthen: The World in Perspective, Prints & Drawings

August 22-December 17, 2017


August 21-December 15, 2017

Parallels: The Architecture of Impermanence

January 17-July 30, 2017

Creative by Nature: The Bohan Collection of Inuit Art

January 17-July 30, 2017

Elements of Wonder: The Public Art of Norie Sato (CPAM)   Gallery Guide

August 22 - December 16, 2016

Memories from the Fields: The Landscapes of Gary Ernest Smith   Gallery Guide

August 23, 2016 – January 6, 2017

(Re)discovering S(h)elves (CPAM)   Gallery Guide

August 24 -December 18, 2015

From Dawn to Dusk: Paintings by Gary Bowling   Gallery Guide  

January 12 – July 31, 2016

40/40   Gallery Guide

August 25, 2015 –December 19, 2015

Gwynn Murrill Sculptures: A Walk on the Wild Side (ASG)

July, 2014 - July 24, 2016

Coherence: An Immersive Laser Installation by Dan Corson (CPAM)   Gallery Guide

March 2 -May 29, 2015

Ever Changing Land: The Art of Ellen Wagener

January 12 -July 31, 2015

Beauty Through Experiment: The Ceramics of Wedgwood 

August 26, 2014 –July 31, 2015

In Pursuit of Wildlife Conservation: The Art of Jay N. Darling and Maynard Reece

August 27 -March 21, 2014

Illuminating Perception

Explorations of Light and Shadow by Mac Adams (CPAM)   Gallery Guide

October 24, 2013 -August 1, 2014

Cabinet of Curiosities  (CPAM) 

August 20-May 2013

Post-Pop Redux:  Material Based Art by Andy Magee (CPAM)

August 20,2012- April 24, 2013

HOT/COOL: Contemporary Studio Glass Sculpture from the Permanent Collection

August 22, 2012-May 5, 2013

Terry Allen: Public Art Studies from Notebooks (CPAM)

January 9-May 4, 2012

Realitès: The Lyric Sculpture of William King (ASG)   Gallery Guide

August 24, 2010-July, 2012

All the Evils: Christian Petersen and the Art of War (CPAM)

August 24-February 26, 2010

Witness to Waste: The Prints of Jay N. Darling

January 12-August 6, 2010

Polyphonic Abstraction: Paintings and Maquettes by Bill Barrett (CPAM)   Gallery Guide

January 11-August 6, 2010

Priscilla Sage: Fifty Years of Sculpting, 1958-2008

August 26, 2008-January 5, 2009

Morrill Act of July 2, 1862: Land Grant Act and the People’s College (CPAM)

March 22-April 27, 2008

Albert Paley: Portals and Gates   (BAM, CPAM & Hometown Perry, Iowa)

August 20, 2007-March 9, 2008

Christian Petersen: Urban Artist, 1900-1933  (CPAM) 

March 22-August 8, 2007

Rodin: In His Own Words

Selections from the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation

January 9 - April 29, 2007

When Tillage Begins, Other Arts Follow: Grant Wood and Christian Petersen Murals 

September 12-November  27, 2006

Obsessed: Images of Weather

August 22 - January 3, 2007

Grant Wood's Main Street

January 13-August 7, 2004

The Age of Brilliance

April 4-August 9, 2003

(art)n Virtual Visions:  Three Decades of Collaboration

October 24, 2002-January 5,2003

An Eye for Life: John Bloom Retrospective

August 27, 2002-January 5, 2003

The Public Works of Art Project in Iowa

August 28-November 25, 2001

The Stonewares of Charles Fergus Binns: Father of American Studio Ceramics

August 22-October 8, 2000

Christian Petersen, Sculptor

August 22- December 31, 2000

Land of Fragile Giants (Washington D.C. - Capital & US Dept of Interior Museum) 

1999 - 2000

in a man’s brain: images of women

September 6, 1997-January 4, 1998

N.C. Wyeth: What’s Your Point of View?

May 9-August 13, 1997

The Mural Studio

The University Mural, Unlimited Possibilities

Ames High School Mural, Proof of Our Presence

An exhibition that documented the process of creating a major public work of art on campus

August 27-December 12, 1996

Land of the Fragile Giants:

Landscapes, Environments and Peoples of the Loess Hills

August 22, 1995 - January 5, 1996

Interpretations of the Interpretations: Photographic Explorations by King Au of Iowa State University's Art on Campus Collection

March 30 - August 13, 1995

Clearly Art: Pilchuck's Glass Legacy

September 3-October 30, 1994

Joey Kirkpatrick and Flora Mace: Recent Sculpture

April 15-October 20, 1993

Centuries of Fascination: Art about Livestock

July 24-October 25, 1990

People: Sculptures by William King

April 27-July 15, 1990

Stephen Proctor: For the Gathering of Light

April 25-August 4, 1989

Perspectives: Josh Simpson: Planets and Tektites

May 10 - July 29, 1988

Perspectives: Emiko Higo

April 25 - August 9, 1987

Comparisons and Contrasts: Five Contemporary Studio Glass Artists

January 16 - March 1, 1987

Images of the Universe: The Artist's Vision

Dual exhibitions that were shown together and toured internationally

May 1 - July 27, 1986

Images of the Universe: The Scientist's View

Dual exhibitions that were shown together and toured internationally

May 1 - July 27, 1986

Iowa State Art Pottery: 1919-1930

First major exhibition of the art pottery of Iowa State College

March 1 - April 27, 1986

Newcomb Pottery: An Enterprise for Southern Women: 1895-1940

Major art pottery exhibition in conjunction with the exhibition of Iowa State College art pottery

March 1 - April 27, 1986

Dale Chihuly: A Decade in Glass

February 9 - March 23, 1986

Harvey K. Littleton: A Retrospective Exhibition

Exhibition of the father of the studio glass movement that toured through five US museums

February 10 - April 7, 1985

Building Brooklyn Bridge: The Design and Construction,1867-1883

Exhibition highlighting the art, technology, and science of suspension bridge design, in homage to the career of Henry Brunnier

December 1, 1984 - January 13, 1985

American Porcelain

Nationally touring exhibition of ceramic artists from around the United States

October 7 - November 15, 1981

I Wear the Morning Star

September 8-October 2, 1977

Australian Aboriginal Art

International exhibition hosted at the Brunnier Art Museum (then Brunnier Gallery), Phoenix Art Museum, and the Australian Embassy in Washington DC

November 2-28, 1976

Grant Wood and Marvin Cone

Early retrospective exhibition of Grant Wood and Marvin Cone, friends and artists both from Cedar Rapids, IA

May 8-30, 1976

Selections from the Ann and Henry Brunnier

Permanent Collection

One of four inaugural exhibitions at the opening of the Brunnier Gallery

September 19, 1975-Janary 24, 1976

American Artists of the Western Frontier

One of four inaugural exhibitions at the opening of the Brunnier Gallery

September 19-October 30, 1975

Selections from J.W. Fisher Collection

One of four inaugural exhibitions at the opening of the Brunnier Gallery

September 19-October 30, 1975

Clarence Carter

One of four inaugural exhibitions at the opening of the Brunnier Gallery

September 19-November 2, 1975


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