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Compelling Ground Publication

A coordinating publication with Compelling Ground: Landscapes, Environments and Peoples of Iowa accompanies the 2021 exhibition and ties together the art with academic essays on the agriculture, science, and history of Iowa. The essays also include personal reflections from the authors about the land, people, and environment of Iowa with an emphasis on the significant changes that have occurred in the past twenty-five years and needs for the future. Topics include the history and current state of indigenous Iowans, climate change, water quality, sustainability, and the changing face of farming in Iowa.

Publication essayists include: Amber Anderson and Dr. C. Lee Burras; Dr. Angie Carter; Dr. Richard Cruse and Hanna Bates; Lance Foster; Adrienne Gennett; Dr. William Gutowski and Dr. Gene Takle; Cornelia Mutel; Patti Naylor; Lynette Pohlman; Dr. Thomas Rosburg; and Mary Swander. The 112-page full color publication will be available for purchase from the University Museums’ office during business hours and while visiting the exhibition. Cost is $30.00 each; cash, check or credit card accepted.


Price: $30.00 + shipping/handing

Pay In-Person (Cash, Check or Credit Card)
University Museums Main Office
290 Scheman Building,
Ames, Iowa 50011

Pay by Phone (Credit Cards only)
Call 515-294-3342


For publication inquiries, please contact University Museums Office at 515-294-3342 or email


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