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Campus Beautiful: Shaping the Aesthetic Identity of Iowa State University

University Museums, Iowa State University 

Over a decade in the making, the Campus Beautiful publication presents a strikingly illustrated overview of the origins and development of Iowa State’s campus landscape, architecture, and public art collection from 1858 to present.  Learn about the transformation from prairie to university campus in essays authored by noted landscape, architecture and art historians, and campus leaders—brought to life through inspiring historical and contemporary photographs and maps.

Thoughtful in-depth scholarly essays by: Jason Alread, Lea Rosson DeLong, Mark C. Engelbrecht, Warren R. Madden, Paula A. Mohr, Jodi O’Donnell, Lynette L. Pohlman, Wesley I. Shank, and Richard Guy Wilson with a special message by Steven Leath, President of Iowa State University. Campus Beautiful is an exquisitely produced full-color, hard-cover, 10 x 12 inch book with over 480 pages and 400 images and maps.

Press Release: University Museums releases landmark new publication Campus Beautiful (PDF)

Pages / Length: 480 pages
Publication Date: 09/2015

Price: Now $80 + shipping & handling
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