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Who Am I?

At the Christian Petersen Art Museum, Campbell Gallery, 1017 Morrill Hall 
August 17 to November 25, 2020 

The Who Am I? exhibition at the Campbell Gallery (1017 Morrill Hall) of the Christian Petersen Art Museum exhibition will explore how art can signify a place, a time, and stories about the world or just one person. Art is powerful, it can create visceral memories and strong communities, bringing people together while they each create their own individual interpretations of what they see, through the lens of their lived experiences.

University Museums reached out to the Iowa State community and beyond to tell their stories or interpretations with the permanent collection for this exhibition. The exhibition includes artist intent, their stories, along with your stories written through your personal lens of who you are, where you are from, and how these inform your unique viewpoints. It is a space open to discussion about the meaning of art and the place of art in a world greatly changed over the last few months.


The Online Gallery Guide includes images of all of the exhibition objects and their interpretations.


Exhibition Programs for Who Am I?

Programs will be presented in both virtual and in-person formats. Virtual programs will be posted here and the University Museums' YouTube channel the afternoon of the date listed. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, all in-person programs will be limited to 10 people, unless otherwise specified, and pre-registration is required. This attendance cap will be reevaluated throughout the semester to respond to current safety measures.

Masks are required for all program attendees per Iowa State University policy. Seating will be placed 6 feet apart and we kindly ask that all attendees respect social distancing. A select number of in-person programs will be recorded to allow those who are unable to attend to participate online at a later date. All programs are free of charge.

Who Am I?  Curator’s Exploration
VIRTUAL PROGRAM - Click here to view

Performance of THE ORCHARD: A monologue in response to Marilyn Annin’s Gaia and Man
VIRTUAL PROGRAM - Click here to view

Altered Books   REGISTER HERE
Tuesday, September 22, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. - Christian Petersen Art Museum

SCRATCH: A Moving Image Sketch Workshop   REGISTER HERE
Saturday, October 10, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. - Christian Petersen Art Museum

Gallery Chat: Interpreting The G Nome Project   REGISTER HERE
Monday, October 19, 12:30 to 1:00 p.m. - Christian Petersen Art Museum

Visit the Christian Petersen Art Museum

Hours: Hours have been altered due to COVID-19. Know Before You Go.
Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (closed holidays)
Mondays and Tuesdays by appointment only to groups larger than 5 persons.
Request an appointment or tour.

Address: Campbell Gallery, 1017 Morrill Hall, 603 Morrill Road, Ames, Iowa
Admission: The cost is free, however there is a suggested donation of $3 per visitor.

IMAGE ABOVE: Oil on Feather, 2019 by Preston Singletary (American, b. 1963). Blown, cased and sand carved glass. Gift in memory of Lori A. Jacobson from Jason D. Kogan. In the permanent collection, Brunnier Art Museum, University Museums, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa. UM2019.232

This exhibition is curated by Adrienne Gennett, Sydney Marshall and Lynette Pohlman, with works of art selected from the University Museums’ Permanent Collections. Generous support for the exhibition is from H. Dieter and Renate Dellmann, Kay Kretschmar Runge, and the University Museums Membership.

University Museums gratefully acknowledges the time and effort put forth by forty campus and community members who authored their interpretations of the works of art in this exhibition.

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