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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.


















October 23-December 9 in the Gallery

Studies in Creativity

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. 

Twenty-three pieces were selected by Laura Burkhalter, Curator at the Des Moines Art Center. The show includes paintings, printmaking, photography, drawings, metals, fibers, ceramics, woodworking and mixed media.  

Award winners were announced at a reception on November 4.  Winners include:

Best of Show
Alexis Dwyer, Graduate Student in Integrated Studio Arts
Universe, Collage

Samantha Barbour, Graduate Student in Graphic Design
Rough Seas, Oil
Calee Himes, Graduate Student in Graphic DesignStudies in Creativity Exhibit
Wrapped in My Own Anxiety, Digitized Mixed Media on Silk

Clark Colby, Graduate Student in Architecture 
Unincorporated Town of Xavier, Photography on Canvas

Honorable Mention
Caroline Freese, Junior in Integrated Studio Arts
Master Collage: Edward Hopper, Magazine Collage

Katharine Schmidt, Junior in Integrated Studio Arts
Rose Spectrum, Lithography Monotype

Purchase Award
Reid Siems, Senior in Integrated Studio Arts
Second Lake, Monotype




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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