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Exhibit Your Art at the MU

Memorial Union Artist Submission Information

About the Art Exhibition Program: 

The art exhibition program has existed at the Memorial Union since the 1930s, when the Iowa artists’ show was brought from the State Fair and included works by Grant Wood and other Iowa notables. At that time, shows were installed in the Great Hall. When the 1953 and 1964 additions were completed, exhibits moved to the third floor into spaces designed for the display of art works. 

The exhibition program is an important component of the overall educational and enrichment program provided to the ISU community. By exhibiting in rooms that are also used as meeting spaces, thousands of people who might not otherwise seek out art exhibits are able to experience them. 


ISU Students, staff and faculty
Ames and surrounding communities
Visitors to the Memorial Union for events and conferences

Exhibit Spaces
Gallery or Pioneer Room

Located on third floor and are open from 8am – 10pm, 7 days per week unless they are reserved for meetings.  High traffic and high viewership – both double as meeting rooms.  Wall-hung artwork is individually wired into an alarm system and locked display cases provide security for 3D pieces.  There is no on-site attendant.

Pioneer Room – 42’ x 45’, 155 ft of running wall space, 5 doorways, oak paneling
Gallery – 42’ x 46’ – 155 feet of running wall space, 4 doorways, woven jute over plywood

Multicultural Center

The art philosophy of the Multicultural Center is to embrace, express, and celebrate the diverse cultures of Iowa State University and create a welcoming space for students. 

Located on the second floor and is open Fall and Spring semesters Monday through Thursday from 8am – 11pm, Friday from 8am – 5pm and Sunday from 5 – 11pm.  Open Summer Monday through Friday from 10am – 5pm.  Closed holidays and breaks.

Only two dimensional or wall art will work in this space.  Artwork is hung with security hooks on stainless steel cables on an aluminum track. On-site attendant during open hours.

MCC - 48' of running wall space, white exhibition wall

Installation & Artwork Requirements

Two-dimensional artwork must be framed and have a hanging wire. 
Paintings on canvas must have finished edges and hanging wire.
Three-dimensional artwork must be less than 18” x 18” unless permission is given by the Gallery Coordinator.
Arrangement and installation completed by the Gallery Coordinator with assistance from ISU student interns.

Application Process

Open call, year around, booking 1 – 3 years in advance. 6 – 10 week exhibits in the Gallery & Pioneer Room.  6 month exhibits in the Multicultural Center.
Email an artist’s statement, biography/resume and up to 10 images to or mail to
Iowa State Memorial Union
Letitia Kenemer, Gallery Coordinator
2229 Lincoln Way
Room 1560
Ames, IA 50011

Exhibiting artists are chosen by the Gallery Coordinator.

Exhibits include but are not limited to juried student shows, faculty and artists with some relationship to ISU, Iowa and regional artists, group shows and multicultural themes.  


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