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Joyce J. Scott
February 5, 2023, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (US Central)
Location: Brunnier Art Museum, Scheman Building

Join Dr. Brianna Burke, Associate Professor of American Indian Studies and English, to learn more about the importance of beadwork to multiple American Indian nations. Participants will have the opportunity to try different beading techniques.

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Honoring Jack Trice
February 9, 2023, 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM (US Central)
Location: Morrill Hall Room 1030

This program will explore the recent sculpture by public artist Ivan Toth Depeña that honors, commemorates and memorializes Trice's campus legacy as expressed through the power of art.

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Date Night
Harriet Bart
February 10, 2023, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM (US Central)
Location: Christian Petersen Art Museum: 1017 Morrill Hall

Try something new for date night and visit the Christian Petersen Art Museum to make a mini zine and look at art together, with friends or a special someone.

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February 12, 2023, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (US Central)
Location: Brunnier Art Museum, Scheman Building

Join former Pohlman Fellow Sarah Bartlett (M.A. Anthropology ’23) as she explores a new way to look at ancient pottery to better include female voices in our discussion of Ancient Athens with ethnographic consideration of early interpretations of the ancient world. 

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February 16, 2023, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM (US Central)
Location: Brunnier Art Museum, Scheman Building

Interested in a career in museums, libraries, or archives? Join University Museums staff, University Library archivists, conservators, and many more professionals from around central Iowa for an informal meet and greet to learn more about these unique career paths.

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Telling Tales
February 19, 2023, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (US Central)
Location: Brunnier Art Museum, Scheman Building

Debra Marquart, Distinguished Professor and Iowa Poet Laureate will read from her in-progress book-length poem, Leave it in the Ground, and share images created in collaboration with visual artist Tom Rice. Together, the book and art will examine the true cost of oil extraction to the planet.

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Art Walks
Telling Tales
February 22, 2023, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (US Central)
Location: Begins at University Library lobby

In connection to the Telling Tales exhibition at the Brunnier Art Museum, join museum Docent Rick Bartosh to explore two murals that are examples of narrative public art in the Art on Campus Collection.

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Telling Tales
February 26, 2023, 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM (US Central)
Location: Brunnier Art Museum, Scheman Building

Join Dr. Jodi Sterle, Professor of Animal Science, as she shares how for thousands of years art has told the stories of the connections between animals and the humans who care for them.

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Growing Up Victorian
March 2, 2023, 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM (US Central)
Location: Farm House Museum

Join intern Travis Berhenke (History ’23) for an in-depth look at the Growing Up Victorian exhibition that he curated at the Farm House Museum. Explore themes of education, literature, chores and play from 1880 to 1910 in this historic home setting.

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Growing Up Victorian
March 5, 2023, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (US Central)
Location: Farm House Museum

Play the part of a Victorian Era child by discovering children’s entertainment from the 1880s through the turn of the century. Children and the young-at-heart can participate in games of the era and see the types of toys and dolls that were popular. Treats provided.

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Joyce J. Scott
March 12, 2023, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (US Central)
Location: Brunnier Art Museum, Scheman Building

Brunnier Art Museum curator Adrienne Gennett will tour the special exhibition, Joyce J. Scott: Messages, while examining the storytelling found in Scott’s beadwork and traditions of beadwork throughout the world.

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Closures
March 13, 2023 - March 17, 2023

The Farm House Museum and Christian Petersen Art Museum are CLOSED for Spring Break.

The Brunnier Art Museum and University Museums office will have regular hours this week.

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Reflections of Iowa
Date Night
Joyce J. Scott
Telling Tales
March 24, 2023, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM (US Central)
Location: Brunnier Art Museum, Scheman Building

Try something new for date night and visit the Brunnier Art Museum to look at art with friends or a special someone.

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Growing Up Victorian
March 26, 2023, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (US Central)
Location: Farm House Museum & Livestreamed on YouTube

Gather around the fireplace in the Farm House Museum parlor to hear Victorian fables, follies and fairytales. These stories are a bit darker than children’s stories of today. This in-person program will be livestreamed.

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Art Walks
Honoring Jack Trice
March 29, 2023, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (US Central)
Location: Begins outside State Gym

Athletics and the depiction of the human form is a vital theme in both Iowa State’s history and the Art on Campus Collection. Museums Docent Steve Petska will lead an art walk in connection with the Honoring Jack Trice exhibition at the Christian Petersen Museum.

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Harriet Bart
March 30, 2023, 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM (US Central)
Registration Required
Location: Christian Petersen Art Museum: 1017 Morrill Hall

For Part 1 of Words Meet Art with Ames Writers Collective, participants will receive a guided tour of Harriet Bart: Material Alchemy to educate and inspire creativity. An introduction to “writing to writing prompts” will follow with writing sessions to connect writers to the exhibition.

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Harriet Bart
April 1, 2023, 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM (US Central)
Registration Required
Location: Christian Petersen Art Museum: 1017 Morrill Hall

For Part 1 of Words Meet Art with Ames Writers Collective, participants will receive a guided tour of Harriet Bart: Material Alchemy to educate and inspire creativity. An introduction to “writing to writing prompts” will follow with writing sessions to connect writers to the exhibition.

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Harriet Bart
April 2, 2023, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (US Central)
Note: Date has changed from April 9 to April 2
Location: Christian Petersen Art Museum: 1017 Morrill Hall

Writers who participated in Words Meet Art Part 1 will present their flash fiction, poems, creative nonfiction, a monologue, and/or perform music in response to the exhibition Harriet Bart: Material Alchemy in the Christian Petersen Art Museum.

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Reflections of Iowa
April 2, 2023, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (US Central)
Location: Brunnier Art Museum, Scheman Building

John Hill, ISU professor emeritus of physics and a Quester, will discuss naturally produced glass followed by an examination of glass making from prehistoric times until the modern era. This program includes a reception.

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Date Night
Growing Up Victorian
April 7, 2023, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM (US Central)
Location: Farm House Museum

Try something new for date night by exploring the Farm House Museum during these special evening hours with friends, family, or that special someone.

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Honoring Jack Trice
April 12, 2023, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (US Central)
Registration Required
Location: Begins at Christian Petersen Art Museum, Morrill Hall

Join Lynette Pohlman, director and chief curator, to explore the legacy of Jack Trice and Iowa State’s commemorative sculptures honoring this campus icon, as well as surveying the tradition of other commemorative sculptures at Iowa State. Walking required.

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Honoring Jack Trice
Harriet Bart
Growing Up Victorian
April 15, 2023, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (US Central)
Location: Farm House Museum & Christian Petersen Art Museum

Having trouble getting to the museum during the week? Enjoy the University Museums’ central campus locations and spring exhibitions during an open house weekend, Saturday & Sunday, April 15 & 16 from 1:00-4:00pm. 

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Honoring Jack Trice
Harriet Bart
Growing Up Victorian
April 16, 2023, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (US Central)
Location: Farm House Museum & Christian Petersen Art Museum

Having trouble getting to the museum during the week? Enjoy the University Museums’ central campus locations and spring exhibitions during an open house weekend, Saturday & Sunday, April 15 & 16 from 1:00-4:00pm. 

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Virtual
April 16, 2023, 2:00 PM (US Central)
Location: Virtual on YouTube

Experience museum work through the eyes of current Pohlman Fellow Gracia Koele (History ’23), as she shares her experiences over the last 8 months at University Museums.

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Virtual
Joyce J. Scott
April 19, 2023, 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM (US Central)
Location: Virtual on Zoom

Inspired by African and global traditions, Joyce J. Scott transforms ancient beaded story-telling with ever-inventive newness, humor, serious playfulness, and power. Lecture presented by Dr. Henry John Drewal, Evjue-Bascom Professor Emeritus of Art History and Afro-American Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Telling Tales
April 23, 2023, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM (US Central)
Registration Required
Location: Brunnier Art Museum, Scheman Building

Visit the new exhibition Telling Tales and spin tall tales about the art on exhibit! Participants will enjoy a short lecture and tour of the new exhibition, then draw and critique narrative triptychs of the artwork. Session will be led by Taylor Carlson, Assistant Professor in Animation & Graphic Design and amateur comic enjoyer.

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Art Walks
Growing Up Victorian
April 26, 2023, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (US Central)
Location: Begins at Palmer Building lobby

In connection to the Growing Up Victorian exhibition at the Farm House Museum, join Museums Docent Rae Reilly on an art walk centered on depictions of families and domesticity in the Art on Campus Collection.

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April 27, 2023, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (US Central)
Location: Brunnier Art Museum, Scheman Building

Connect with the entire University Museums’ staff and leadership for the first public screening of the commissioned documentary reflecting on the past 50 years of University Museums and looking forward into its future. From founding to flourishing, delight in the stories and perspectives shared in the video through the eyes of friends, donors, past and current staff, scholars and faculty.

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May 4, 2023, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (US Central)
Registration Required
Location: Begins at Food Sciences Building south entrance

REGISTRATION REQUIRED Museum staff members Sydney Marshall and Caitlin Patton along with ISU Creamery staff will present a joint tour of the ISU Creamery and the public works of art located in the Food Sciences Building. Meet outside the front entrance of Food Sciences.

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Reflections of Iowa
May 7, 2023, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (US Central)
Location: Brunnier Art Museum, Scheman Building

Quester and antique dealer Gloria Dobbs will share her expertise in glass objects that closely associate with early pattern glass, namely novelties, canes, and other “knick-knacks” made in glass. This program includes a reception.

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Telling Tales
May 21, 2023, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (US Central)
Location: Brunnier Art Museum, Scheman Building

Jerome Thompson, retired State Curator with the State Historical Society of Iowa, will explore the people and events that may have influenced this important installation on the Iowa State campus.

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May 29, 2023

All University Museums and the office are CLOSED for Memorial Day.

The Anderson Sculpture Garden and Art on Campus Collection remain open all hours every day.

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Art Walks
May 31, 2023, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (US Central)
Location: Begins at "Carom," east side of Black Engineering Building

As a science and technology institution, much of the public art references the many forms of innovation in science, engineering and more researched and studied on campus. Join Museum Docent Cindy Scholten on an art walk looking at innovation in the Art on Campus Collection.

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June 4, 2023, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (US Central)
Location: Brunnier Art Museum, Scheman Building

Two major University Museums online scholarship projects have been unveiled in the last year, the Iowa State University Biographical Dictionary and the Christian Petersen Catalogue Raissoné. Learn more about the behind-the-scenes in managing these multi-year projects, how to best utilize each publication online, and what the future holds for scholarship at University Museums.

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Telling Tales
June 11, 2023, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (US Central)

Join curator Adrienne Gennett to explore the many stories that art can tell as she tours the exhibition Telling Tales: Exploring Narrative Art in the Permanent Collection.

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Art Walks
June 14, 2023, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (US Central)
Location: Begins at Albaugh Family Plaza, Athletic Sports Complex

Join Lynette Pohlman, director and chief curator, to explore Breaking the Barriers a site-specific public work of art by artist Ivan Toth Depeña. The tour will examine behind-the-scenes glimpses in commissioning this heroic-scale sculpture for Iowa State.

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Closures
July 4, 2023

All University Museums and the office are CLOSED for Independence Day. 

The Anderson Sculpture Garden and Art on Campus Collection remain open all hours every day.

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July 12, 2023, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (US Central)
Location: Begins in Anderson Sculpture Garden, Morrill Hall south entrance

Bring a picnic lunch and join curator Sydney Marshall for a conversation around the return of the Left-Sided Angel this past fall. Have an inside look at what it takes to conduct conservation reports and annual maintenance in the Art on Campus Collection.

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Closures
July 24, 2023 - August 20, 2023

The Brunnier Art Museum, Christian Petersen Art Museum, and Farm House Museum are closed to change exhibitions.

The office remains open with regular hours. The Anderson Sculpture Garden and Art on Campus Collection remain open all hours every day.

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Art Walks
July 26, 2023, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (US Central)
Location: Begins at University Library lobby

The Art on Campus Collection showcases the talents of artists from a variety of racial and cultural backgrounds. Join museum staff for a walk through some of the artists representing the diversity of the campus community.

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Closures
September 4, 2023

All University Museums and the office are CLOSED for Labor Day. 

The Anderson Sculpture Garden and Art on Campus Collection remain open all hours every day.

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Closures
November 20, 2023 - November 24, 2023

The Farm House Museum and Christian Petersen Art Museum are CLOSED for Thanksgiving Break. The Brunnier Art Museum and University Museums office have open hours some days this week.

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Closures
November 23, 2023 - November 24, 2023

All University Museums and the office are CLOSED for Thanksgiving. The Anderson Sculpture Garden and Art on Campus Collection are open all hours every day. 

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