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At the Brunnier Art Museum
Exhibition runs January 25 through July 23, 2021


University Museums permanent collection originated with the generous donations of Ann and Henry Brunnier. Over the next five decades nearly 2000 more donors contributed works of art and funding which has greatly expanded the integration of the collection into curriculum and allowed University Museums to better fulfill the mission of our institution.

In 2019, after 36 years of building a relationship and planning a bequest, the Joyce Tomlinson Brewer Art Acquisition Fund came into existence and completely transformed the University Museums’ ability to acquire art that will add intellectual breadth and diverse voices to the permanent collection. Brewer’s significant gift is an opportunity for the Museums to thoughtfully build the collection through the acquisition of contemporary and historical works of art.

The art on exhibition showcases recent acquisitions to the collection since 2019, many of which are being seen for the first time, and represent a diversity of materials, media, and makers that have been added to the collection. Through the bequest of Joyce Brewer (’53 Applied Art, ISU) and many other charitable donors, University Museums is able to integrate art into curricula across campus and fulfill our mission to develop creative interactions between the arts and sciences. It is the collection that is the core of every museum, and for University Museums used to inspire learning and creativity while engaging and expanding the educational experience of the entire Iowa State community.

Visit the Brunnier Art Museum

Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sundays 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.; Closed Saturdays and University holidays.

Address: Scheman Building (2nd Floor), 1805 Center Drive, Ames, Iowa
Admission: The cost is free, however there is a suggested donation of $8.



IMAGE ABOVE: Angel Tear 02471, 2017 by Lino Tagliapietra (Italian, b. 1934). Blown glass. Purchased by University Museums with funds from the Joyce Tomlinson Brewer Fund for Art Acquisition and the Edward D. Sheridan Memorial Fund. In the permanent collection, University Museums, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa. UM2020.36


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