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 opens this January 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 add six new portraits to the Faces of Iowa State series the during the first week in March. She will be a temporary artist-in-residence at the Christian Petersen Art Museum and there will be a livestream web cam available during the hours she is painting. Details and times will be posted on the University Museums' website and social media closer to the event dates.
ABOUT ARTIST ROSE FRANTZEN
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 installation in the Gerdin Business Building that will be installed in early March. Some of these paintings will be featured in the exhibition Perseptions of Identity.
Exhibition Programs for Perceptions of Identity: Painting by Rose Frantzen
Virtual programs can be viewed on the University Museums' YouTube Channel. For in-person programs, please register in advance on the online registration system at the links noted below. Due to COVID-19 guidelines, in-person programs will have a limited number of seats available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Masks are required for all program attendees per Iowa State University policy. Seating will be placed 6 feet apart and we kindly ask that all attendees respect social distancing. All programs are free of charge.
Faces of Iowa State “Portrait Cam” Livestream
Wednesday, March 3
VIRTUAL PROGRAM: Get a behind the scenes look at the painting process of Rose Frantzen, as she paints new portraits for her public art installation Faces of Iowa State. Livestream times will be posted on
University Museums’ website and social media channels on March 1.
Artist Talk: Rose Frantzen
Thursday, March 4, 4:30 to 6 p.m.
IN-PERSON PROGRAM: Kingland Hub, 1450 Gerdin Business Building
In conjunction with the exhibition and her new public art installation at the Gerdin Business Building, artist Rose Frantzen will give a talk on her recent studio and public artworks. This program has limited seating and pre-registration is required.
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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.