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Upcoming Exhibitions

These are the planned upcoming exhibitions and dates and may include working titles. All exhibitions and dates are subject to change.

Brunnier Art Museum                    

John Buck: Prints and Sculptures
From the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundations
August 22 – December 18, 2022

John Buck (American, born 1946) is a nationally recognized Montana artist who has created a large and powerful body of woodblock prints and wood sculptures over the past four decades. Drawn from the collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation, this major exhibition features 30 prints and 8 sculpture that span a forty-year period.

Born in Ames, Iowa in 1948, John Buck earned his BFA degree from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1968 and his MFA degree at the University of California, Davis in 1972, where he studied with artists Robert Arneson, Roy DeForest, Manuel Neri, and William T. Wiley. A virtuoso draftsman and imaginative sculptor, Buck explores national and global issues in sophisticated works of art that are imbued with complex iconography and often layered with multiple meanings.

Buck’s art demonstrates an exceptional insight and perspective on the social and political realities of the day. It often explores the enormity and complexity of conflict, yet his figures are whimsical and resilient. Buck manages to make provocative “issues” art, treating the conflict seriously, while his combination of symbols and figures display a sense of humor, and therefore an optimistic balance.

Over the years, Buck has become fascinated with the cultural imagery surrounding his homes in Montana and Hawaii, current events, popular culture, and the irony and humor found in world history and this collected visual vocabulary is woven throughout his printed and sculptural work.


Reflections of Iowa: The History of Iowa Questers through Glass
August 22, 2022 – July 2023         
Ann Brunnier Decorative Arts Gallery    


Messages: Joyce J. Scott
January 2023 – April 2023

University Museums has the exceptional opportunity to host a new exhibition of the artist Joyce J. Scott. The exhibition Joyce J. Scott: Messages will open at the Brunnier Art Museum in January and run through April 2023. Included will be around 36 unique sculptures and neckpieces displaying Scott’s technical virtuosity with beadwork. Several early examples will exhibit Scott’s ability with such an intricate medium, along with others made in the last few years, demonstrating her commitment to using beads to explore difficult subjects that confront Black Americans in our society. The exhibition will also include University Museums recent acquisition in 2020 of Scott’s Fairytale Neckpiece, which will then be lent to travel to several other museums with the exhibition.

Joyce J. Scott is a dynamic artist and performer, best known for her use of beadwork as her artistic medium of choice. Scott uses beads to create highly detailed intricate three-dimensional sculptures and neckpieces that are commentaries on a range of subjects: racism, misogyny, equality, her heritage, and much more. Art has always surrounded Scott as she grew up learning from and watching her mother, fiber artist Elizabeth Talford Scott, create uniquely stitched quilts (Elizabeth had learned to quilt from her mother), and she draws greatly on the artistic heritage of her family and culture. Her beadwork uses those traditional techniques to address contemporary issues in a bold and confrontational manner, creating works of art that are both beautiful and significant. Scott was named a MacArthur Fellow, also known as the MacArthur “Genius Grant”, in 2016, solidifying her status as a significant American artist whose creations continue to push artistic boundaries.

This exhibition will be a wonderful opportunity to engage with the Iowa State University community on subjects ranging from the history of glass to social justice and contemporary issues in America. Joyce J. Scott: Messages will be a testament to the power of Scott to use the tiniest of material, glass beads, to create profound statements on the world as she views it.

Christian Petersen Art Museum



Farm House Museum


Yuletide 2022: Merry and Bright
Nov. 3 – Dec. 16, 2022

The Farm House Museum has a certain twinkle this time of year, making it the perfect place to kick off the holiday season with friends old and new. Join us as we gather in the beauty of ISU campus’ oldest building to share merriment and good cheer.


Growing Up Victorian
January 2023 – October 2023

The Growing Up Victorian exhibition shows an aspect of the American Frontier that is often overlooked. Children were an integral part of the daily lives of Americans during the Gilded Age (1870-1900). Children would help out with both household chores and, if they were on a farm, farm duties and responsibilities. Roughly two-thirds of all child labor that took place in the Gilded Age happened on farms and homesteads. By the early 1900s, six out of ten farmhands would be the sons of the farmer himself.[1] Some of the duties the male children would take part in would have included feeding chickens and other livestock, collecting eggs, planting, and picking and stringing vegetables for drying.[2] This was quite common throughout America at the time including in Iowa. As the girls in the family got older, they would start to take over common household duties such as cooking, sewing, taking care of younger siblings, cleaning, laundry and much more. The amount of work that children did at home left little room for fun as the secondary priority soon became schooling.

In the mid to late 1800s nearly half of all children received no formal schooling or education of any kind. By eighteen-ninety a law passed in Massachusetts that required children from the ages of six to ten to attend school.[3] When children were in school it was nothing like it is today. Many children would be ushered into the ever so famous one room schoolhouses where they would spend their day learning from their teachers, have an hour break for lunch and roughly fifteen minutes for a recess, then venture home. Recess is where many children would play games with their friends and enjoy just being kids.

Games, toys, and recreation are always a big part of any child's life, this was no different for children in the Victorian era. Unlike today where children most often play inside with electronics, children back then did not have the same luxury. Many games played at school or at home would most often be games either made up on the spot or games that can be played with minimal equipment, such as an easy game of tag. Toys were also different from what we see today. Examples of these toys would be porcelain dolls, tea sets, game balls, dominos, yo-yos, rolling hoops, and books. This period of time has come to be known as the “Golden Age'' for children’s literature as evidenced by the generation-defining titles published in this era including Lewis Carrol’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Mark Twain’s famous book The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

Childhood and play are essential parts of understanding life in Victorian America, leading to decoding and how adolescents were shaped from a young age with both an ethic for hard work and creativity in play. Growing up Victorian is curated by Kylea Mosley and Travis Berhenke, will feature traditional toys and games, educational tools, and what life was like for a child in the late 1800s in America. Funding for the exhibition and associated programming is generously provided by Carol Pletcher.

[1] “History of Child Labor in the United States-Part 1: Little Children Working : Monthly Labor Review.” U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Jan. 2017,

[2] “Jamestown Settlement & American Revolution Museum at Yorktown.” JYF Museums, 2 Feb. 2022,

[3] “Education.”, Independence Hall Association,

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