Skip to main content
ISU University Museums
Main Content

FOCUS: Critical Conversations with Art

FOCUS: Critical Conversations with Art is an exhibition series that examines and highlights a single work of art, allowing visitors to delve deeply into how we look and how we can develop critical thought, questioning and discussion through art. With multiple perspectives, backgrounds and ways of looking presented, FOCUS invites the viewer to look closely and think deeply in response to the visual world.

Reiman Gallery (lower level, 0003 Morrill Hall), Christian Petersen Art Museum


Aligning with the Visual Literacy Program goals of developing valuable skill sets for visual thinking, this exhibition series challenges and encourages visitors to better understand how they look at art and to focus on building connections and conversations using the lens of art. With several short-run exhibitions each year in the Reiman Gallery (lower level of the Christian Petersen Art Museum), FOCUS: Critical Conversations with Art features a diverse array of works of art and artists from the permanent collection, shown one at a time.

For additional questions about this exhibition series or if interested in contributing your expertise for interpretations contact Lilah Anderson, Curator of Education and Visual Literacy Program at


Upcoming Exhibition Dates:
Fall 2021, Spring 2022

Lilah Anderson, Educator of Visual Literacy and Learning with University Museums is the Exhibition Series Curator. FOCUS: Critical Conversations with Art is made possible through generous support from the Kathy and John Howell Art Education Fund. Special thanks to the contributing authors Dr. Hector Avalos, Raluca Iancu, Dr. Bonar Hernández, Dr. Emily Morgan, Dr. José Rosa, Dr. Amy Erica Smith and JaneAnn Stout. Thanks to the University Library and Susan Gent for creating the custom reading list.

© 2021 University Museums, Iowa State University. All rights reserved.