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Explore Art on Campus at Iowa State


As of 2023, the Art on Campus Collection (Ames, IA) includes over 2,700 public works of art located across the 1,900-acre campus. This STEM/STEAM book is the first of its kind to explore math concepts and the public artwork across campus.

This is a Family Book author by Dr. Rebecca Klemm "The Numbers Lady®" and University Museums and is designed to engage the whole family. Each two-page spread presents one or more images of the installed art on Iowa State’s campus. The red hat comment on the left side of each spread introduces the art’s concept or development. Text bubbles of the Number Characters encourage young readers to chat with the art and numbers and may bring chuckles to older readers! The Zero-shaped decoder, found inside the back cover, helps identify an art specific related phrase or drawing “hidden” under a red image with white numbers. Readers should consider how the speaking numbers, the shapes of the red images with white numbers, and the hidden images relate to the specific art.

This a Multi-media Family Book since the content extends beyond this physical book. I developed the physical book to work in tandem with the NumbersAlive!® Foundation website. Scan the QR code on the back of the cover of the book to get to Click on the photo of the art to discover:

  • More about the art and the artists
  • Relevant vocabulary, history, or research
  • Art-specific NumbersAlive! learning guide
  • Activity or game inspired by the art!

Working together, this book and the website treasures will encourage you to discover math embedded in fascinating art, architecture, nature, and ubiquitous signs and posters.

Share what you see at Iowa State University, within your environment, or during your travels. Begin a conversation of how math and art speak to you!

Price: $25 + 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

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