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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

March 14 - April 21, 2014 in the Pioneer Room

Focus Grant Exhibit

The Student Activities Center and Lectures Program (funded by GSB) offers students grant funding for creative projects done outside of the classroom.  Each spring, the final projects are displayed by these hard-working students.  This year’s exhibit includes art by 6 visual artists including:

•    Ashley Hogenson, Senior in Integrated Studio Arts – Illustrated children’s book including original watercolors 
•    Kathleen Albright, Senior in Integrated Studio Arts – Ceramic and textile vessels exploring the relationship between the body and clothing
•    Nigel Habben, Junior in Political Science – Large-scale, detailed drawing of European architecture
•    Emily Baxter, Integrated Studio Arts (Graduated December 2013) – Labradorite and sterling silver cuff and stained glass bracelet
•    Natalie Buskohl, Senior in Integrated Studio Arts – Tree roots from Reiman Gardens transformed into table bases
•    Amelia McMurrin, Senior in Integrated Studio Arts - Oil paintings inspired by a trip to Kazakhstan

Another Focus Grant was awarded to Christina Holaday for production of A Steady Rain, a play exploring the complexities of a lifelong bond in the rough streets of Chicago, which had public performances in March.  Holaday is a senior in Performing Arts.


April 4 - May 4, 2014 in the Gallery

Focus 2014 Juried Exhibit

The final annual student exhibit of the school year is often one of the best, and this year is no exception!  Thirty-seven works by twenty-nine artists are on display in the Gallery representing painting, metals, photography, drawing, clay, printmaking, fibers, wood and mixed media.

Entries were juried by Benjamin Gardner, assistant professor of Art and Design at Drake University.  Forty-four artists submitted a total of eighty-five works that were carefully considered by Gardner for the final exhibit.  The selection is a strong show of student artists going above and beyond “class projects,” to creating fine art with excellent execution and craft.  

Award winners were announced at a reception on April 15.  They include:

Best of Show
Kat Bowers, Senior in Integrated Studio Arts, for the pastel drawing She Is

Brooke Rodriguez, Junior in Integrated Studio Arts, for the acrylic painting Master Study of Robert Jackson
Ethan Perry, Senior in Art and Design, for the ceramic piece Bowl with White Slip
Guillermo Thompson, Senior in Integrated Studio Arts, for the photo collage Persona: Rosie

Honorable Mention
Emma Parker, Senior in Integrated Studio Arts, for the cyanotype Grandma’s Dishes
Madison Haws, Senior in Integrated Studio Arts, for the oil painting triptych Food Allergy

Purchase Award
Johnathan Fusco, Senior in Integrated Studio Arts, for the acrylic painting Egomania

Danielle Clouse Gast


April 24 - June 29 in the Pioneer Room

Danielle Clouse Gast: The View From (Up) Here

Clouse Gast paints her Northwest Iowa landscapes with a vocabulary of geometric and organic shapes – shapes not far removed from our day–to-day surroundings. Fence posts, field rows, and organized groves create a pattern or rhythm on a hillside. Rusted corrugated “squares” of metal on roofs and the missing boards of barns punctuate the given landscape and become pops of color on canvas.  These shapes come together within the composition of a recognizable, yet often ignored, view from the car or airplane seat.

Clouse Gast is the Director of Visual Arts at Pearson Lakes Art Center.  She resides in Spirit Lake, Iowa








Glenda Drennen Artwork


May 7 - July 7 in the Gallery


Glenda Drennen: Making Good on a Checkered Past

Drennen paints her watercolors on “paper with a checkered past”- paper she previously covered with textures that glow through subsequent layers. Aspects of her work may seem chaotic until she begins to weave imagery into the tapestry of texture. See imaginative interpretations of otherwise ordinary scenes such as ill-fitting old-world doors on Rue Rutabaga, or women holding tea cups with cocked pinky fingers telling naughty jokes.  Her paintings remind viewers that life need not be taken too seriously.

Drennen resides in LeMars, Iowa and is a signature member of the Iowa Watercolor Society and the Watercolor U.S.A. Watercolor Honor Society.



Radford Davis Photography



January - June 2014 in the Multicultural Center


Radford Davis: Life of Sierra Leone

A photographic exhibit that captures the lives, conditions, and challenges of the people in one of the poorest countries on Earth. With over half of the population living on less than $1.25 a day, many in Sierra Leone struggle to get enough to eat or pay for medicine. But the exhibit goes deeper, capturing the hope and joy that is beneath the surface.


Davis is an Associate Professor of Public Health in Veterinary Medicine at ISU.  His passion is documenting our world and its people through photo essays.





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