The Gallery and The Pioneer Room, located on the Third 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.
Works are for sale. For more information contact Letitia Kenemer at 515.294.0971.
February 8 – March 25 in the Pioneer Room
Art Inspired Exhibit
A juried exhibition with diverse media and a wide range of themes reflecting the current work of ISU students. Thirty-nine pieces were chosen by a David Boelter, Associate Professor of Art, Buena Vista University. Displayed artwork has a statement from the artist describing their inspiration for creating the piece.
Reception & Awards - February 13, 6pm
February 14 – March 31 in the Gallery
John Soukup (Kettle): You Could Be a Princess If You Were a Bit Nicer
Cedar Falls artist John Soukup (Kettle) is considered an underground contemporary artist. He is inspired by events and relationships, finding ways to transition them into a working image. Using acrylic on canvas he creates a location where these things can live together and interact. Kettle explains, “My goal is to show harmony between people and connections we make. Why we choose to gravitate towards the things and people we often do.”
March 28 – April 30 in the Pioneer Room
Focus Grant Exhibit
Students apply for funding for creative projects outside of class work, and the annual exhibit showcases the visual art component of the program. Highlights this year include a briefcase camera, an image created with 2500 dice, and photographs of dancers equipped with body lights moving to different musical genres.
Reception April 9, 6pm (in conjunction with the Focus Juried Exhibit)
April 4 – May 6 in the Gallery
Focus Juried Exhibit
The final annual student exhibit of the school year is often one of the best! The cream of the crop in drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, printmaking, metals, woodworking and mixed media will be on display.
Entry information available here.
Reception April 9 at 6pm (in conjunction with the Focus Grant Exhibit)
May 3 – July 8 in the Pioneer Room
Ames Camera Club: Photographic Visions
The Ames Camera Club allows members to share the fun, artistry, and gadgetry of photography. They share to learn from each other and improve their photography. This show presents a range of photographs that highlight the individual photographic interests and visions of members.
May 9 – June 30 in the Gallery
Jody Aultman: Now and Then
Aultman is a modern quilter, using both commercial fabric as well as fabric dyed and manipulated by her. The designs in her current work derive from a “stained glass” technique. Using inspiration from windows developed by Frank Lloyd Wright, Aultman incorporates a variety of fabric types and embellishes with beads, gems and threads.
Aultman is completing her Masters of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies at ISU and will graduate in May.
Reception May 10, 5:30 – 7pm