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Body Image Conflict: Hostility to Harmony

At the Reiman Gallery (lower level, 0003), Christian Petersen Art Museum, Morrill Hall
Monday, October 26 to Friday, November 20

Each human is unique. Born into a body assigned to us, without our input.  Not carefully selected. Not based on our likes or dislikes. Not based on our preferences or future interests. Nor based on function. This “inherited” body is simply assigned to us- “Congratulations! You are the lucky recipient of a body which …”

This exhibition, assembled from the Iowa State University Museums’ permanent collection, invites you to consider your own body image journey. Who created the rubric you are using to rate your progress? What factors play a role in empowering or disempowering you to reach body acceptance and strive toward body harmony? When you close your eyes and think about beautiful bodies, what image is there? Where does that image come from? The exhibition is intended to facilitate emotional reactions to each work of art as you contemplate: which body image ‘level’ would you assign to the artwork? Which represents your current body image? Finally, this exhibition is designed to encourage you to lean into your own body image journey and reach for the harmony you deserve.

~ Michelle Roling, M.Ed., LMHC, CEDS-S, exhibition guest curator and Senior Staff Therapist and Eating Disorder Treatment Coordinator for Student Counseling Services


Exhibition Programs

reACT Opening Reception - Monday, October 26
REGISTER for Timed Entry: 4:00 to 4:30 p.m.
REGISTER for Timed Entry: 4:30 to 5:00 p.m.
REGISTER for Timed Entry: 5:00 to 5:30 p.m.

Panel Discussion
Friday, October 30 - 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.  REGISTER HERE


This exhibition was guest curated by Michelle Roling M.Ed., LMHC, CEDS-S, Eating Disorder Treatment Coordinator, Sr. Staff Therapist, Student Counseling Services and coordinated by Lilah Anderson, Educator of Visual Literacy and Learning.

Visit the Reiman Gallery at the Christian Petersen Art Museum

Hours: Monday through Friday, Noon to 4 p.m. Know Before You Go.
Dates: Monday, October 26 to Friday, November 20
Address: Reiman Gallery (lower level - 003 hallway), Morrill Hall, 603 Morrill Road, Ames, Iowa
Admission: The cost is free, however there is a suggested donation of $8


IMAGE: So Much to Contemplate, 2016 by Linda Lewis. Clay. Located in the Margaret Sloss Center for Women and Gender Equity. Acquisition to the Art on Campus Collection by Dsn S 145x, Diversity in Art, Spring 2017 with funding provided by Kathy and John Howell. In the Art on Campus Collection, University Museums, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa. U2017.388


The reACT Exhibition Series is generously supported by the Offices of the Vice President for Research and the Senior Vice President for Operations and Finance.


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