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Tom Stancliffe

Tom Stancliffe with "Glean 1 and 2" At the Christian Petersen Art Museum

Monday, August 21 - Friday, December 15, 2023

Tom Stancliffe is a sculptor who lives outside Cedar Falls, Iowa and maintains a large studio there.  Although he works in a wide range of scales, he is best known for his large public sculptures of bronze or stainless steel that find expression in both the historical and contemporary contexts of a given site.  He has completed over thirty commissioned works for public art collections nationally and is a former Professor of Art at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI). There, he also directed the Public Art Incubator at UNI, which he dedicated years of his career building up. The Public Art Incubator continues to teach students in the processes of creating public art and conserving works of art to be enjoyed for years to come. Many objects within the Art on Campus Collection here at Iowa State University have been conserved by the hands of Stancliffe and the Public Art Incubator.

Two exhibitions related to Stancliffe's studio practice and his work in public art will be on exhibition at the Christian Petersen Art Museum. Drift features many newly created works of art and conveys the way the world feels to the artist and acknowledges change as a constant in the world. Art of Fabrication goes through the process of creating public works of art, from concept to commissioning to creating to installation, for the Art on Campus Collection. Stancliffe will have a newly created sculpture installation in the Anderson Sculpture Garden as well.

Click a button below to visit the exhibition pages and learn more.


Campbell Gallery

1017 Morrill Hall

Visit Drift page

Art of Fabrication

Reiman Gallery

0003 Morrill Hall, lower level

Visit Art of Fabrication page

Exhibition Programs

Find full descriptions of programs on the University Museums Calendar. All programs are free and open to the public. Registration is encouraged but not required. Click the event title for more information and/or to register. Events listed below will be at the Brunnier Art Museum (1805 Center Dr., 295 Scheman Building, Ames, Iowa) unless otherwise noted. Programs are subject to change. Check the University Museums Calendar and Facebook page for the latest events information.


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Visit the Christian Petersen Art Museum

Hours: Monday-Friday, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Closed weekends and University Holidays & breaks

Address: 1017 & 0003 Morrill Hall, 603 Morrill Road, Ames, Iowa
Admission: The cost is free, however there is a suggested donation of $8.

These exhibitions are curated by University Museums with support from Rachel Flint and University Museums membership.  

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