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Perceptions of Identity

At the Christian Petersen Art Museum, Campbell Gallery, 1017 Morrill Hall 
January 25 - July 30, 2021

Perceptions of Identity: Paintings by Rose Frantzen, a solo exhibition of nationally-recognized Iowa artist Rose Frantzen is on view at the Christian Petersen Art Museum. This exhibition includes works of art selected from the University Museums' Permanent Collection and on loan from the artist.

Perceptions of Identity aims to develop a better understanding of Rose Frantzen's body of work. Frantzen's portraits, whether they are commissioned projects for Iowa State or studio explorations of her subjects, continuously explore identity. Paintings from her In the Face of Illusion series open a conversation between the represented subject and optical illusions, to address perceptions of identity.  

Frantzen will also added six new portraits to the Faces of Iowa State series the during the first week in March 2021.


The Online Gallery Guide includes images of all of the exhibition objects and their interpretations.



Rose Frantzen was born and raised in Maquoketa, Iowa, where she later returned as an adult and continues to live. The rural lifestyle and landscape provide constant inspiration for her paintings. She attended the American Academy of Art in Chicago, the Palette & Chisel Academy in Chicago, and the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts in Old Lyme, CT. She recently placed in the top five of the Portrait Society of America's International Portrait Competition.

Her paintings can be seen in several locations across campus including the 41 Faces of Iowa State portraits installed in the University Library; Do You Know What's Inside This Flower?, the dual portrait of George Washington Carver and Henry Wallace in Curtiss Hall; Rhythms - Bean Fields at Sunset in the Advanced Teaching & Research Building; the portrait of Sarah Rajala, former dean of the College of Engineering in Marston Hall; and Ivy College of Business Dean David Spalding's portrait. Rose is currently working on a mural for installation in the Gerdin Business Building that will be installed in early March. Some of these paintings will be featured in the exhibition Perceptions of Identity.


Exhibition Programs for Perceptions of Identity: Painting by Rose Frantzen

March 5th Artist Lecture - Rose Frantzen VIDEO

Visit the Christian Petersen Art Museum

Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Closed weekends, University holidays, and University breaks.
Address: Campbell Gallery, 1017 Morrill Hall, 603 Morrill Road, Ames, Iowa
Admission: The cost is free, however there is a suggested donation of $8.

IMAGE ABOVE: Waves of Misperception Migrating, 2017 by Rose Frantzen. Oil on linen. On loan from the artist.

Major support for Perceptions of Identity: Paintings by Rose Frantzen is provided by the Debbie and Jerry Ivy College of Business. Additional support is generously provided by Avis Lovell Andre, Vickie and Norman Hill, Robert and Nancy Lindemeyer, and Cynthia and John Paschen, MD.

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