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Art of Fabrication

At the Christian Petersen Art Museum

Reiman Gallery, 0003 Morrill Hall

Monday, August 21 - Friday, December 15, 2023

The University Museums Art on Campus Collection is a unique example of a collection of public works of art that are site specific and publicly accessible. The process of commissioning these works of art from the perspective of the museum, the intricacies of artists working with the campus community, and building collaborative relationships to care for this collection will be explored in this exhibition. These processes are described through the connection with Tom Stancliffe’s varied examples of objects in the Art on Campus Collection over the years, as well as his connection to the University of Northern Iowa’s Public Art Incubator in their work to fabricate and conserve works of art in the Iowa State University Museums collection.

One thing that’s important for a career as an artist is to work at the infrastructure in how you make things. A lot of artists who work on larger scales have others fabricate. When the decision has to be made spontaneously about how something overlaps or whether something needs to be inside or outside, I can’t turn this over to somebody else. So when I’m talking to other artists and students, I tell them, "You have to get yourself to a place where you can actually do the work."

-Tom Stancliffe

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Images of Public Art Incubator fabricating and installing The Fifth Muse.

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 Christian Petersen Art Museum (Morrill Hall, 603 Morrill Road, Ames, Iowa) unless otherwise noted. Programs are subject to change. Check the University Museums Calendar and Facebook page for the latest events information.


Curator's Tour of Art of Fabrication
with Sydney Marshall

Tuesday, August 22, 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Reiman Gallery, Morrill Hall lower level

Curator Sydney Marshall will lead a tour of the new installation Ghost Trees in the Anderson Sculpture Garden by artist Tom Stancliffe, as well as explore the artist’s connections to the larger Art on Campus Collection with a look at the exhibition Art of Fabrication.


Date Night at the Christian Petersen Art Museum

Friday, September 22, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Campbell & Reiman Galleries, Morrill Hall first floor & lower level

Tired of the same old date nights? University Museums has you covered with free food, crafts, and art for a fun unique night. In partnership with the ISU Bookstore, all visitors will get a 20% off coupon for the ISU Bookstore and can enter for a chance to win some ISU art!


Family Weekend Open House

Saturday & Sunday, October 14 & 15, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM each day
Campbell & Reiman Galleries, Morrill Hall first floor & lower level

The Christian Petersen Art Museum and the Farm House Museum will be open for Cyclone Family Weekend!


Public Art as Process: Virtual Panel Discussion

Thursday, November 16, noon - 1:00 PM
Virtual on Zoom (link)

In connection with the exhibition Art of Fabrication in the Christian Petersen Art Museum, the layered processes behind the life of a work of public art will be explored in this Zoom panel discussion with Sydney Marshall, Dan Perry, and Reinaldo Correa.

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.

This exhibition is curated by University Museums with support from Rachel Flint and University Museums membership.


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