Dramatic Museum Entrance
A highlight of the Museum renovation project will be a new entry facade within the 2nd floor of the Scheman Building composed of a 26 foot long, floor to ceiling, glass wall. This visually accessible single point of entry will act as a beacon for visitors to the Brunnier Art Museum and create a more welcoming space with visual appeal for museum guests.
Expanded Exhibition Space
Through an increase of 1,800 square feet of exhibition space in the new Lori A Jacobson Gallery, the entrance remodel will allow University Museums to showcase additional collection objects. The newly created gallery will host both permanent collection and loaned exhibitions. By renovating the front gallery to create a sealed glass entrance both brighter and more inviting to our guests, the museum will be able to maintain environmental integrity and better preserve the valuable University Museums collection assets.
Stronger Environmental Controls
The remodel will include upgrades to the HVAC systems to alleviate current environmental climate concerns for the entire museum, office space and vault area.
The Lori A Jacobson Gallery of the Brunnier Art Museum is named in honor of Lori Ann Jacobson (1958-2018). Jacobson grew up in Roland, Iowa, graduated from Roland Story High School in 1976, and went on to complete two degrees from Iowa State University, a B.S. in History and B.A. in Advertising Design.
As a student at Iowa State in the late 1970s, Jacobson was not thinking about a career in museum management. Once Jacobson learned of the Brunnier Art Museum’s existence, she was intrigued.
“The first day I showed up at the Brunnier and worked with other students installing a permanent collection of glass, I was in awe and smitten,” she says. “I had no idea that the profession existed. From day one, I knew I was on my path.”
Over several decades Jacobson provided numerous professional and personal contributions to the betterment of Iowa State University and the University Museums, including project management of the landmark Campus Beautiful publication, strategic planning for the Christian Petersen Art Museum in Morrill Hall, conducting student engagement research, creating the WOW Wall in the Office of Admissions and establishing a mentor program at the University Museums.
Lori passed away in January 2018. Her husband Jason Kogan contributed to the renovation project in her name to continue her legacy at Iowa State.
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