Skip to main content
ISU University Museums
Main Content


For over four decades, University Museums has been the leading steward, curator, exhibitor, acquirer, interpreter, and promoter of Iowa State University’s outstanding art collections and cultural heritage. 

From preserving Christian Petersen sculptures to underwriting the next fascinating exhibition, a gift to the University Museums supports the arts at Iowa State University. Your gift helps preserve and make accessible this incredible visual arts and historic resource. Gifts in all amounts make a tremendous impact on University Museums’ ability to serve its audiences and steward its permanent collection.

A financial gift to University Museums demonstrates your support of this cultural organization and maintains the museum’s reputation as a leader among university art museums.

Special Project Giving 

University Museums’ Special Project giving offers an exciting, highly rewarding way to target your donation to a project of your choice. Special Projects may span one to three years from planning to execution.

Special Project gifts range from $1,000 to $15,000. Underwrite an exhibition or a special program, assist in the conservation of a campus public work of art, support a student intern, sponsor an artist-in-residence, or explore other possibilities with this type of targeted giving.

Major Gifts

Consider a transformative gift of $15,000 or more—one that has a significant impact on the visual and historic arts on the Iowa State University campus. Make your gift either as a one-time donation or over a period of time. Gifts at this level receive lifetime recognition through Curators Associates. 

Brunnier Society and Christian Petersen Society 

As a member of these prestigious societies, you will receive additional benefits offered only to donors at this level, such as invitations to select events. Society designation is based on cumulative lifetime giving. Curators Associates designation and all benefits apply to this gifting level.  
Brunnier Society: $100,000 cumulative lifetime giving 
Christian Petersen Society: $1,000,000 cumulative lifetime giving

Planned Giving 

Create the legacy of culture, aesthetics, history, and art for decades to come, transforming the way generations of Iowa Staters experience and understand art and their environment—and thereby transforming the world. Designate University Museums as the recipient of a will, trust, or other deferred giving plan that may include annuities, pooled income funds, and charitable remainder trusts. University Museums and the Iowa State University Foundation will be happy to work with you to tailor your planned gift.

Donate a work of art

Over the past four decades the permanent collections have grown primarily through the generosity of donors who have contributed paintings, prints, sculpture, decorative arts and material culture that fulfill the museums collecting policy. Donated art is a cornerstone of University Museums' permanent collection and fosters long-term aesthetic and intellectual growth.

Corporate Contributions

Businesses can support the University Museums through corporate membership, special project giving, major gifts, and in-kind donations. The University Museums offers opportunities for large and small businesses to become an active part of the museums. Corporate membership provides vital funding for the museums' programs and activities. In turn, corporations receive benefits that offer community recognition and opportunities for company employees and representatives to experience museums exhibitions and programs.

© 2018 University Museums, Iowa State University. All rights reserved.