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The Gallery and The Pioneer Room, located on the 3rd floor of the Memorial Union, display art exhibits that include regional artists as well as student and juried exhibits. New exhibits are rotated every four to six weeks.  Because both rooms double as meeting rooms, please call (515) 296-6848 for open viewing times between 8am and 8pm daily.

The Multicultural Center is located on the 2nd floor of the Memorial Union.  Exhibits embrace, express, and celebrate the diverse cultures of Iowa State University and create a welcoming space for students and the community.  Hours are Monday through Thursday from 8am – 11pm, Friday from 8am – 5pm and Sunday from 5 – 11pm during the fall and spring semester.  Summer hours are Monday through Friday from 10am – 5pm.

Works are for sale.  For more information contact Letitia Kenemer at 515.294.0971

Aaron Tinder Art Exhibit at The Iowa State Memorial Union


July 2 - September 29 in the Pioneer Room

Aaron Tinder: Dissonanace and Recall

Tinder’s work involves a collage-based aesthetic, utilizing images and fragments that represent dualities and contradictions. The imagery is deliberately nostalgic in a personal way, but also attempts to touch on universal themes of memory and identity. He deliberately forces elements together and lets them fight with each other compositionally, seeking to create the kind of tension that must find reconciliation in fields of delicate color and marks. Recent works involve photographs, sometimes embedded in layers of paint and found materials, and other times standing on their own as expressions of the same kind of content.

Tinder is a Professor of Art & Design at Grand View University and lives in Indianola.













Art Critique with Aaron Tinder at the MU










Art Critique with Aaron Tinder on Wednesday, September 24 at 7pm in the Pioneer Room.  Bring up to 3 piece of your artwork for feedback.
Sponsored by The Workspace.


























August 10 - October 19 in the Gallery


Fresh Fotos: My First Year Experience

During the fall of 2013, a group of freshmen were given digital cameras to document their first year at Iowa State.  Five images from each student will be exhibited depicting class, residence halls, friends, athletic events, changing seasons and ISU’s scenic campus. .


Check out all photos HERE.







Kaukab Barni Merchant Exhibit at the Iowa State Memorial Union





July - December 2014 in the Multicultural Center


Kaukab Barni Merchant: Painting as Beauty and Healing 

Bringing both realism and abstraction to collage, Kaukab calls her work “Combined Paintings.”  Using traditional Pakistani motifs, embroidery, delicate fabric patterns and painting, she creates rich, textural forms balanced throughout areas of smoothness and color.  Examining the good and bad of relationships – as a daughter, sister, wife, stranger and friend – Kaukab uses the layers of collage to express conflicting feelings of her place in this world.

Kaukab is originally from Pakistan and received her Bachelor of Art from Karachi University.  She has exhibited internationally and has received numerous awards for her work.

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