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Celebrating Iowa State’s Public Art: Campus Beautiful (FULL- email for waitlist)

July 9, 2021, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM (US Central)

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Anderson Sculpture Garden, South of Morrill Hall

Campus Beautiful

An aesthetically beautifully campus was a top priority for Iowa State University founding members Adonijah Welch and Peter Melendy. With their initial guidance and forethought, Iowa State transformed from tallgrass prairie in 1858 to a university campus noted for its lush landscape, unique architecture and ever growing public art collection. On this tour join University Museums Director and Chief Curator, Lynette Pohlman, as she explores the evolution of the Art on Campus Collection. This tour will begin at the Elizabeth and Byron Anderson Sculpture Garden, please meet at the Bighorn sculpture by Gwynn Murrill.


Did you know that Iowa State University is home to the largest campus public art collection in the United States? Over 3,000 public works of art make up the Art on Campus Collection and are located across campus in buildings, courtyards, open spaces and classrooms. Join the University Museums staff throughout the day for Art on Campus focused tours that celebrate and explore this diverse collection. Tours will occur at various sites around campus throughout the day with details announced in May, 2021.

The Anderson Sculpture Garden is located around Morrill Hall, 603 Morrill Rd. The Art on Campus Collection public works of art are located in buildings, courtyards, and common spaces across campus. Admission is free. Hours may vary by building, outdoor sculpture available 24/7. Parking available at the Memorial Union Ramp (fees apply). Check out the Art on Campus digital map for a list of objects and locations.


Parking Options (fees apply)

Memorial Union Parking Ramp, 2229 Lincoln Way, Ames, Iowa 50011

Armory – Lot 21, 2519 Osborn Drive, Ames, Iowa 50011 

East Campus Parking Deck, 500 Wallace Road, Ames, Iowa 50011


This program is generously sponsored by the Kathy and John Howell Art Enrichment Program.



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