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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.






July 9 - October 18 in the Gallery


Fresh Fotos: My First Year Experience

During the fall of 2014, 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. 





Sonja Johnson Exhibit at the Memorial UnionOctober 8, 2015 - January 25, 2016 in the Pioneer Room


Impulse and Remembrance: Paintings by Sonja Johnson

Johnson’s oil paintings are attributed to a life-long experience with farm animals. Sometimes described as a "colorist," Johnson's paintings reveal motion, instinct, remembrance, and experience. See the life and motion in her impressionism.

Johnson lives and paints in Thompson, Iowa.




Studies in Creativity Student Juried ExhibitOctober 22 - December 8, 2015 in the Gallery

Studies in Creativity Student Juried Exhibit
Compelling, passionate, humorous, complex, vivacious, moving and always imaginative, this exhibit has something for everyone. “Studies” is the annual fall juried exhibit featuring emerging student artists.  Works will be juried by Wayne Allison, Art & Design instructor at NIACC, and about 40 are chosen for exhibition.  
Reception October 27 at 6pm




Greg Fuqua Exhibit at the Memorial Union

December 11, 2015 - February 10, 2016 in the Gallery

Greg Fuqua
Cycles: A 20 Year Retrospective


A selected solo retrospective of Fuqua’s work from over the last 18 years. Using a gestural drawing approach, this collection includes large-scale paintings and drawings on paper that have powerfully explored themes of consciousness, processes in nature and cosmological theory. 

Fuqua lives in Ames and teaches at Drake University, the Des Moines Art Center and the Octagon Center for the Arts.







July-December 2015

in the Multicultural Center


Selections from the MU Permanent Collection

The Iowa State Memorial Union has an extensive art collection of over 300 pieces. A majority of the artwork is by Iowa artists, or those with a connection to Iowa State University, and there are a number of pieces by international artists. Nine pieces were chosen to exhibit by artists from Bali, Laos, Germany, Canada, India and the US.  Artwork ranges from textile embroidery to printmaking, and informational labels accompanying each piece will give a glimpse into the artist’s life or artwork style. 

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