Student Activities Center

Current Exhibits

Rotating exhibits are hosted in the Gallery and Pioneer Room, both located on the 3rd floor of the Memorial Union.  Shows include regional artists as well as student juried exhibits. The Gallery and Pioneer Room are both used as meeting spaces, so viewing times vary between 8am and 10pm daily. Please call (515) 296-6848 for open viewing times, especially if you are making a special trip to see the exhibits.

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.


Melynda Van Zee Exhibit

December 14, 2018 - February 6, 2019 in the Gallery

Melynda Van Zee: Nuances of Freedom

Van Zee creates acrylic paintings with vibrant layers of translucent paint enhanced by swirling dimensional line work. Using spiral imagery she expresses the deep inner work necessary to finding equilibrium and energy to pursue a creative life. From the galaxies to DNA to our fingertips, spirals are found everywhere in nature as the most efficient way for growth and transformation. 

Based in Ames, Van Zee shows her artwork at art exhibits and fairs throughout the US, and her works are in both private and corporate collections. She is the author of an art technique book, Painted Scrapbook Pages, published by Lark Books.

Reception Tuesday, February 5 from 6-8pm



Amy Witte Exhibit at the MU

November 15, 2018 - January 28, 2019 in the Pioneer Room

Amy E. Witte: Idioms 

Using vintage photographs, ephemera, wood and encaustic paint, Witte creates artwork that starts conversations, often using humor to make difficult topics less threatening.  Through painting, printmaking and assemblage, this series of Idioms flips back and forth visually between the literal meaning and the figurative meaning. From everyday issues, to social and political themes, Witte adds a lightness to the burden we carry today in having frank and honest conversations.

Witte’s artwork is exhibited and collected nationally. She lives and creates in Ankeny, Iowa.  


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