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Date Nights: A New Event Series

Posted on September 13, 2022 at 12:47 PM by Alisha Abner


Date Nights are new for University Museums this fall semester 2022. We're doing one in September, one in October, and one in November. Each is at a different museum and has different activities that go along with current exhibitions; but all are on Fridays 5:00-7:00pm and include photo opportunities.


Date Nights are free casual, come-and-go type of events with the goal of getting more people into the museum spaces. By offering this after-hours series,  the museums are more accessible to more people. And by providing fun things to do, we hope to make visitors more comfortable in the space. Date Nights are free for anyone who wishes to come: students, faculty, staff, and the public. The idea is couples or groups of friends will start their evening at the museums, enjoying the activities and company at their own pace.


The first Date Night is at the Christian Petersen Art Museum in Morrill Hall on Friday, Sept. 23 and goes with the current exhibition Double Take: Insights on Figural Expression. There will be activity stations set up. Couples or groups have opportunities to draw each other, form figures out of craft wire, and take photos together posing like works of art. There are also refreshments.


The second Date Night is at the Brunnier Art Museum, second floor of the Scheman Building, on Friday, Oct. 21 and includes a scavenger hunt that spans all three current exhibitions and the new chandelier installation. John Buck: Prints and Sculptures from the Collections of the Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation is an exhibition that has a lot of symbols and images within the larger images, so the scavenger hunt is a way to encourage visitors to look closely at the prints and sculptures. There will be a selfie station where couples or groups can take a nice photo with the new chandelier Refraction Summary by Andy Paiko in the background.


The final Date Night of the semester is at the Farm House Museum on Friday, Nov. 11. There will be stations to learn about how people in the Victorian Era courted each other, sent secret signals of amore, and about the love language of flowers. There will be a craft and the Farm House will be decorated for Yuletide with a selfie station set up in front of the decorated tree.


With all the photo opportunities, we hope visitors will share their pictures on social media and with friends and family, which will spread awareness of University Museums. All of our programs are free and open to the public. No registration is required for Date Nights, but by registering, attendees receive a reminder and updates about the event via email.

About the Blogger

 Alisha Abner

 University Museums | Communications Specialist

Alisha does University Museums marketing & public relations, updates this website, takes & publishes photos & video, runs social media, sends out the eNewsletter, occasionally staffs the museums, and enjoys experiencing & learning about art.



Stock photo of many and woman holding hands by fauxels via Pexels on AllTheFreeStock. Edited with graphics added.

Sketches of Two Dancers, 1940
Christian Petersen
Paper, black graphite or conte
Purchased from Mary Petersen. In the Christian Petersen Art Collection, Christian Petersen Art Museum, University Museums, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa. UM92.36

Refraction Summary, 2022
Andy Paiko
Blown and formed glass, rope, twine, leather, LED lighting
Commissioned by University Museums. Funded by the Joyce Brewer Art Acquistions Endowment. In the permanent collection, University Museums, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.

Tree inside the Farm House Museum decorated for Yuletide.

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