University Museums, Iowa State University

University Museums, Iowa State University The University Museums consist of the Brunnier Art Museum, Farm House Museum, the Art on Campus Program, the Christian Petersen Art Museum, and the Elizabeth and Byron Anderson Sculpture Garden.

Brunnier Art Museum Tuesday - Friday: 11:00 - 4:00 Saturday and Sunday: 1:00 - 4:00 Closed Mondays Christian Petersen Art Museum Monday - Friday 11:00 - 4:00 Farm House Museum Monday - Friday 12:00 - 4:00

In conjunction with the "Designed for a Modern Life" exhibition, Guest speaker Elizabeth Jachimowicz presented her resea...
04/01/2019

In conjunction with the "Designed for a Modern Life" exhibition, Guest speaker Elizabeth Jachimowicz presented her research on mid-century hat designer Benjamin Green-Field last week. Jachimowicz is a former Curator of Costumes at the Chicago History Museum and currently writing a book on the milliner.

Known as Chicago's Mad Hatter, Green-Field achieved celebrity status for his whimsical millinery that featured the likes of panda's, lobsters, and playing cards. Originally the zany designs were intended only to catch the eye of passers by of his shop window, but he grew a loyal following during his 50-year career.

ISU Department of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management - AESHM
#MadHatter #AFeatherInYourCap #IfTheHatFits #BeeInYourBonnet

While most composers like to handwrite their sheet music, over the years there have been all types of machines invented ...
03/28/2019
This Rare Vintage Typewriter from the 1950s Lets You Type Sheet Music

While most composers like to handwrite their sheet music, over the years there have been all types of machines invented to help print music. The distinctive Keaton Music Typewriter was produced in the 1950s to make it easier for musicians to create legible sheet music.
#InnovativeDesign #ForTheLoveofMusic #AllAboutThatBass

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Ever wonder how sheet music was printed before the advent of computers?

Welcome to our Hard Hat Zone! Some behind-the scenes images from the Brunnier Art Museum and staff offices renovation pr...
03/26/2019

Welcome to our Hard Hat Zone! Some behind-the scenes images from the Brunnier Art Museum and staff offices renovation project.

"Vapor" by Rebecca Ekstrand, 2013Mosaic tile installationArt on Campus Collection, Hach Hall
03/26/2019

"Vapor" by Rebecca Ekstrand, 2013
Mosaic tile installation
Art on Campus Collection, Hach Hall

JOIN OUR TEAM!University Museums is seeking candidates for an Assistant Curator. The Assistant Curator of the Christian ...
03/25/2019

JOIN OUR TEAM!
University Museums is seeking candidates for an Assistant Curator. The Assistant Curator of the Christian Petersen Art Museum and the Anderson Sculpture Garden serves as the primary collections and exhibitions curator with care and conservation duties of the Art on Campus Collection. This position assists the Director in implementing the acquisition program of the Art on Campus Collection, and coordinates with the Educator of Visual Literacy and Learning to integrate areas of management into the museums’ educational programs. Application deadline: April 22, 2019.

For more details and to apply online, go to: http://bit.ly/2utXo3e

Sarah Grant grew up in Ames, Iowa and although her personal painting style connects with Abstract Expressionism, she is ...
03/22/2019

Sarah Grant grew up in Ames, Iowa and although her personal painting style connects with Abstract Expressionism, she is best known as the founder and owner of Sticks Object Art & Furniture. In 1985 she was teaching at Iowa State when Better Homes & Gardens Decorative Woodcrafts magazine commissioned her to design a wooden nativity set. From there, her style of wood etching was developed in to an award-winning design studio with a staff of nearly 150 artisans who create everything from wall décor to furniture to large scale public art installations.

This mural panel is called “What We Love About Iowa” (2003) and is located in the Scheman Building. Additional works by Grant are scattered throughout the ISU campus including the Maple-Willow-Larch Residence Complex, Child Care Center, Administrative Services Building, Hixson-Lied Student Success Center, Hixson-Lied Small Animal Hospital, Hach Chemistry Building, Parks Library, Memorial Union and Horticulture Hall. #5WomenArtists

Wanting her art to be affordable to the masses, Sister Mary Corita Kent (1918-1986) created silkscreen prints during the...
03/21/2019

Wanting her art to be affordable to the masses, Sister Mary Corita Kent (1918-1986) created silkscreen prints during the 60s and 70s. She was born in Fort Dodge, Iowa and her family moved to Los Angeles where she went to art school and later taught art at Immaculate Heart College. As both a nun and an artist, her spiritually-informed social commentary promoted love and tolerance.

This screenprint “No Man Is A Watermelon” (1960s) is currently on display at “Designed for a Modern Life” exhibition at the Christian Peterson Art Museum.

One of Kent’s most recognizable images was the design of a “love” postage stamp that was issued in 1985. #5WomenArtists

Midwest artist & ISU professor emerita Priscilla Kepner Sage has been pushing the boundaries of textile and fiber media ...
03/20/2019

Midwest artist & ISU professor emerita Priscilla Kepner Sage has been pushing the boundaries of textile and fiber media for over 60 years. Her work expresses essential relationships between humans and nature, embodying and expanding upon the patterns and forms found in natural objects.

This fabric sculpture is called "Prairie Meridian II" (2004). It is located in the Gerdin Business Building and part of the Art on Campus Collection.

Sage was also one of the founding members of Octagon Center for the Arts in Ames, which provides opportunities for community members to experience art through events, classes, and exhibits, and for artists to teach and present their work to the public. #5WomenArtists

Japanese-American Norie Sato's (b. 1949) public art can be seen in several locations around campus, including the "One, ...
03/19/2019

Japanese-American Norie Sato's (b. 1949) public art can be seen in several locations around campus, including the "One, Now, All" fountain that was integrated into the architecture of the Palmer Human Development and Family Studies Building built in 2000.

Sato wanted to create a child-friendly work of art - "Kids will be able to put their hands in the water and interact with it."

Sato's work can be seen worldwide. She works in sculpture and 2-dimensional, and in various media including glass, metal, terrazzo floors, integrated design work, landscape, video and light. #5WomenArtists

During the depression, artists like Minnetta Good (1895-1946) were commissioned to produce original art for the Works Pr...
03/18/2019

During the depression, artists like Minnetta Good (1895-1946) were commissioned to produce original art for the Works Progress Administration (WPA) that could be reproduced and sold for $5, making them accessible to the middle class. The images often depicted the strength of America through images of industry, architecture, science, and the land, along with the everyday life of the American people.

“Threshing” (1930s, lithograph, Brunnier Art Museum permanent collection). #5WomenArtists

03/15/2019
State Historical Society of Iowa

State Historical Society of Iowa

Iowa State University opened its first full term 150 years ago on March 17, 1869. In honor of that milestone, today’s #IowaArtifact from the State Historical Museum of Iowa is a portrait of the first president of the university’s board of trustees, Benjamin Gue, a lawmaker, newspaper publisher, civil rights advocate and diehard Cyclone even before that nickname was introduced. (He also had a talented brother, David Gue, who painted this portrait and several others in the museum collection.)
#IowaArtifact #IowaHistory #IowaCulture #ISU
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Art Walk - today at noon. Meet in the Sukup Atrium of the Biorenewables Complex. #HiddenMessages #ArtOnCampus #ISUMyster...
03/13/2019

Art Walk - today at noon. Meet in the Sukup Atrium of the Biorenewables Complex. #HiddenMessages #ArtOnCampus #ISUMysteries

Want to learn more about mid-century modern design? Join local artist Priscilla Sage and University Museums Associate Cu...
03/12/2019

Want to learn more about mid-century modern design? Join local artist Priscilla Sage and University Museums Associate Curator Adrienne Gennett tonight at the Ames Public Library at 7 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

This event is part of the Library Lecture Series, a monthly lecture presented through July 2019 in partnership with Ames Public Library, Ames Historical Society, Iowa State University Library and University Museums.

Image: Storm Hall, ISU Campus 1967

Celebrating #InternationalWomensDay, we recognize one of Iowa State's historical faces - Grace Amemiya (1920-2017).For m...
03/08/2019

Celebrating #InternationalWomensDay, we recognize one of Iowa State's historical faces - Grace Amemiya (1920-2017).

For more than 70 years, Grace Obata Amemiya kept alive the story of the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. Countless times she shared her firsthand experience of the impact of this controversial chapter of American wartime history — always told without a trace of bitterness, but instead with a spirit of advocacy for peace and justice.

This portrait of Grace was part of the 2016 "Faces of Iowa State" series by Iowa artist Rose Frantzen and commissioned by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Learn about American design and marketing in the 50s and 60s at our Short Films event on Sunday, March 10 at 2 p.m. in R...
03/08/2019

Learn about American design and marketing in the 50s and 60s at our Short Films event on Sunday, March 10 at 2 p.m. in Room 0003 of Morrill Hall. A series of three film shorts will be shown including "Design for Dreaming" (1956), "American Look" (1958) and "Match Your Mood" (1968), which is pictured here and promoted the Westinghouse patterned refrigerator line.

The shorts run 45 minutes in total, a brief discussion will follow each. This event is in conjunction with "Designed for a Modern Life" exhibition at the Christian Petersen Art Museum.

#MidMod #AmericanDesign #WhosDreaming #MatchYourMood

DID YOU KNOW? One of the core goals of University Museums is to create interactions with students in the arts, sciences ...
03/07/2019

DID YOU KNOW? One of the core goals of University Museums is to create interactions with students in the arts, sciences and technology. Recently, Professor Douglas Stokke brought his Forestry 280 to the Christian Peterson Art Museum to show the students the relationship between wood and its many uses in art, specifically in the current "Designed for a Modern Life" exhibition.

"My hope for the students is to be exposed to the idea of visual literacy as a means to enhance their appreciation of not only wood craft, but the arts in general. I want them to have a refreshing, educational experience outside of our usual classroom environment." - Douglas Stokke, Ph.D.

ISU Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management #MidMod #ClassFieldTrip #MakingConnections #UniversityMuseums #ArtForTheWin

03/06/2019

A Guardian at your fingertips

After technology advances during WWII, the housing world changed forever with new methods of production. Tonight's lectu...
03/05/2019

After technology advances during WWII, the housing world changed forever with new methods of production. Tonight's lecture will explore the Lustron kit house, which examples of can be still be seen all over the United States, including here in Ames.

Join speaker Ted Grevstad-Nordbrock for "The House America Has Been Waiting For" at 7 p.m. in Room 1030 at Morrill Hall. This event is in conjunction with the "Designed for a Modern Life" exhibition at the Christian Petersen Art Museum.

03/05/2019

PLEASE NOTE INCORRECT ART WALK DATE:
The March Art Walk will be Wednesday, March 13 at noon; it was incorrectly noted on the ISU Calendar as being today at noon. Join us NEXT WEDNESDAY at the Biorenewables Complex. We apologize for any confusion.

To commemorate the beginning of the renovation project for the Brunnier Art Museum, we held Reno-Breaking - like a groun...
03/04/2019

To commemorate the beginning of the renovation project for the Brunnier Art Museum, we held Reno-Breaking - like a ground breaking, but for a renovation instead. Guests were instructed to wear flannel and were treated with a short program that included words from a past and present University Museum intern as well as symbolically taking down the "Art" sign above the Brunnier's Entrance. #BreakingBarriers #MakingAnImpact #TheNextChapter #UniversityMuseums

03/01/2019
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What’s better than a pizza party? #HappyLittleTrees #FlashBob #NoMistakes #JustHappyAccidents #TheNextGenerationOfArtists

They paint like Bob Ross, while watching Bob Ross, dressed as Bob Ross.

02/28/2019
The colorful history of pink

Consider pink, the color of flowers, ballet shoes and candy hearts. How did it become the most divisive color in American society? #PrettyInPink #TickledPink #InThePink #IWantThePinkOne #ButIHaveToBuyItBecauseItsPink

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Originally a symbol of the aristocracy, the color's later association with gender stereotypes would leave some seeing red; yet pink has become embraced by activists as representing power that cannot be ignored

DID YOU KNOW? Museums are making a difference right here in Iowa and on the campus of Iowa State University! Make sure y...
02/25/2019

DID YOU KNOW?
Museums are making a difference right here in Iowa and on the campus of Iowa State University! Make sure your legislators know the value of #museums and the impact they have on our community. #museumsadvocacy2019

When it snows... and snows again. #SnowAdventures  #ISUTraditions  #CampanileKiss
02/25/2019

When it snows... and snows again.
#SnowAdventures #ISUTraditions #CampanileKiss

02/24/2019

EVENT CANCELATION: Due to the weather conditions, today’s “Fashion Suburbia” event has been canceled. We hope to reschedule later in the semester.

EVENT CANCELATION: Due to the weather conditions, today’s “Fashion Suburbia” event has been canceled. We hope to r...
02/21/2019

EVENT CANCELATION: Due to the weather conditions, today’s “Fashion Suburbia” event has been canceled. We hope to reschedule later in the semester.

University Museums and the Textiles and Clothing Museum (Iowa State University) are co-hosting a lecture on Sunday, February 24 at 2 p.m. called Fashion Suburbia. Speaker Jennifer Farley Gordon, Ph.D will explore the fashions of the middle class families of the mid-century. The lecture will be in Room 1019 of Morrill Hall. It is free and open to the public.

This event is in conjunction with "Designed for a Modern Life Exhibition" at the Christian Petersen Art Museum. The exhibition will be open both before and after the event.

Iowa State University Department of History
02/20/2019

Iowa State University Department of History

Dr. Amy Rutenberg gave a terrific talk yesterday about the 1950s in connection with University Museum's exhibit, "Designed for a Modern Life: Decorative Arts & Fashion in the Mid-Century." The exhibit runs through the end of June: https://www.museums.iastate.edu/art/exhibitions

A Postcard From Campus“The Moth” by Mac Adams, 2008. An Art in State Buildings Project for Coover Hall. Coover Hall,...
02/19/2019

A Postcard From Campus

“The Moth” by Mac Adams, 2008. An Art in State Buildings Project for Coover Hall.

Coover Hall, the electrical and computer engineering building, inspired the sculpture. Legend holds that the first use of the word “bug” to describe technical difficulties occurred in 1947. Harvard computer scientists were working on an early computer, when a moth flew inside the machine. The scientists had to literally “debug” their computer, and made note of it as such in their logbooks. Though that first moth that coined the term was found dead, and had to be picked apart, Adams’ sculpture is about piecing things back together.

Image courtesy of Iowa State Electrical & Computer Engineering and @sarahhays1998.

Today's event will reveal when and why women became the main consumers of their household. Join us in Room 1030 of Morri...
02/19/2019

Today's event will reveal when and why women became the main consumers of their household. Join us in Room 1030 of Morrill at 4 p.m. In conjunction w/ "Designed for a Modern Life" exhibition at the Christian Petersen Art Museum. The museum will be open before and after event.

Happy President's Day!"Lincoln" by Mauricio Lasansky, 1986. Color etching on paper. In the permanent collection, Brunnie...
02/18/2019

Happy President's Day!

"Lincoln" by Mauricio Lasansky, 1986. Color etching on paper. In the permanent collection, Brunnier Art Museum, University Museums, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.

During his Presidency, Lincoln signed notable legislation such as the Morrill Act of 1862 establishing the land grant university system. This legislation, introduced by U.S. Representative Justin Morrill of Vermont, granted states public land to be sold to support the development of colleges of agriculture and mechanical arts in each of the states. The state of Iowa was the first to accept the Morrill Act of 1862, and as a result, Iowa State Agriculture College and Model Farm in Ames became one of the first colleges in the nation to be designated a land grant college.

On this Valentine’s Day, we celebrate the love between ISU’s Christian Petersen and his wife Charlotte. The Petersen...
02/14/2019

On this Valentine’s Day, we celebrate the love between ISU’s Christian Petersen and his wife Charlotte. The Petersen family was wealthy in love - all that really mattered to Charlotte. However, she really did want a fur coat.

Through frugal savings, Christian gave her a coat with a fur collar that was most likely purchased during a summer sale. Charlotte celebrated by wearing her fur at a family picnic - in July!

Christian commemorated the affair by sculpting the small studio sculpture of Charlotte sitting on a rock; it was completed in 1938. #ShowingHisLove #CapturingTheMoment #ForeverInOurHearts #ArtOnCampus #ValentinesDay

Make Valentine's Day extra special with a stop at the oldest building on campus for My [Victorian] Valentine tomorrow fr...
02/13/2019

Make Valentine's Day extra special with a stop at the oldest building on campus for My [Victorian] Valentine tomorrow from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Farm House Museum. Visitors can enjoy free chocolates, card crafts and flowers while supplies last. View the exhibition "Timeless: Love and Romance in the Victorian Era" or learn about the rules of courting from ISU Senior Dacey Messinger. This event is free and open to the public. #HistoricalValentines #LanguageOfTheFan #WhatsACourtingCouch #MakeYourOwnCallingCard

Tonight it our first lecture at the Ames Public Library at 7 pm. The topic is Visual Literacy and Learning, presented by...
02/12/2019

Tonight it our first lecture at the Ames Public Library at 7 pm. The topic is Visual Literacy and Learning, presented by Dean of Library Services Beth McNeil and University Museums docent Rae Riley.

Learn about visual literacy skills and techniques and how these skills can lead to understanding any work of art, from abstract to realism. Free and open to the public.

The library lecture series is presented in partnership with Ames Public Library, Ames Historical Society, Iowa State University Library and University Museums.

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