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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


Photography by Jeremy Downs on Display at the Iowa State Memorial Union



October 2, 2014-January 20,2015 in the Pioneer Room

Jeremy Downs: Fragile Foundations

Exploring the relationship between structure and its direct surroundings Downs photographically depicts a desolate world of architectural landscapes and forgotten facades. In this body of work, he focuses primarily on the inanimate, while highlighting each subject’s essence via use of color and subtle digital editing techniques. Pieces spanning the Midwest to the West Coast, USA will be highlighted. 

Downs is an Ames native and works as a graphic

designer in Des Moines.


Reception Friday, October 24 from 6-8pm.















Sara Slee Brown Art Exhibit at the Iowa State Memorial Union




December 12-February 9, 2015 in the Gallery


Sara Slee Brown: Along the Way


Using a combination of technology and hand-collage, Brown manipulates digital photographs by altering and layering images. Her themes stem from the permeable boundaries between our beliefs and our daily practices; our interior and exterior lives. The old farm house may conceal some fundamental structural or family flaws. The boarded up store may be all that remains of someone’s dreams. Cutting, pasting, altering, overlapping, and endlessly changing placement allows Brown to create scenarios which acknowledge and focus on this idea.

Brown is a working artist residing in Iowa City.


















January 24-March 9, 2015 in the Pioneer Room


Art Inspired Student Juried Exhibit

A juried exhibition with diverse media and a wide range of themes reflecting the current work of ISU students. Displayed artwork will have a statement from each artist describing their inspiration for creating the piece.  
Reception & Awards January 28 at 6pm

Exhibit entry information available HERE.



















Kathy Leonard: Women of Silver and Tin Exhibit at the Iowa State Memorial Union


January-July 2015

in the Multicultural Center


Kathy Leonard:
Women of Silver and Tin: Photographs and Testimonies from the Bolivian Mines 

Taken from 2004-2008, these photos show women miners at various stages of their lives and working at a variety of jobs related to the tin and 

silver mining industry in four Bolivian towns. The images portray the reality of their lives and the silent desperation of their existence along with excerpts of interviews.

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