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Faces of Iowa State Portrait Cam

Portrait Cam - March 3, 5 and 6, 2021

Continuing the 100-year tradition of campus portraits at Iowa State, in 2016 artist Rose Frantzen was commissioned to create 39 portraits of impactful Iowa State University alumni, faculty, staff, students, and friends for the Faces of Iowa State portrait series. Two more portraits were added in 2019 and to continue this unique public art project, six new portraits were commissioned to celebrate six exceptional students in 2020. Get a behind the scenes look at the painting process of Rose Frantzen, as she paints these new portraits. Viewers will have the chance to join a livestream video and feel like they are peering over the artist’s shoulder, in an intimate look at Frantzen’s artistic process as the portraits develop in real time. Each session will last approximately four hours. The six students selected were nominated by their college and selected by President Wendy Wintersteen.


Click the below links to access the YouTube timelapse videos for each sitter.
Tessa Mendoza, Department of Kinesiology and Health in the College of Human Sciences WATCH NOW
Derrick Kapayou, graduate student, Department of Agronomy in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and Anthropology in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences WATCH NOW

Ellie Field, graduate student Department of Entomology in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences WATCH NOW
Morgan Fritz, Department of Political Science in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences WATCH NOW
Catharine Found, graduate student, College of Veterinary Medicine WATCH NOW
Thierry Habinshuti, Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering in the College of Engineering WATCH NOW


IMAGE ABOVE: The Faces of Iowa State portraits are on view in Parks Library.


A native of Maquoketa, Iowa, Frantzen has gained national and international acclaim for her oil paintings from life that bring contemporary perspectives to a traditional “alla prima” approach. In addition to landscapes, still lifes, and figurative works, Frantzen creates serial and allegorical works, incorporating abstract or surreal settings.

A new exhibition, Perceptions of Identity: Paintings by Rose Frantzen, is on view through July 30 at the Christian Petersen Art Museum in Morrill Hall. The museum is open 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Monday-Friday, throughout the semester. Admission is free, with a recommended donation of $8.



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