Gary Bowling; Adrienne Gennett; and University Museums, Iowa State University
Gary Bowling’s paintings are stunning explorations of light and shadow upon the rich, natural settings of the Midwest. His landscapes evoke a transitory moment as the light hits the field or as the atmosphere changes, ever so slightly, when the day turns to dusk. Bowling has long felt a strong emotional connection with the land. His paintings deeply examine the peaceful solitude found within the rural landscape and how these views and vistas can be incredibly personal.
Norie Sato, Lynette Pohlman, and Michael Morain
Creating over 45 site-integrated public art installations since 1982, Norie Sato (Japanese-American, b. 1949) strives to add meaning and human touch to the built environment and considers edges, transitions, and connections as important as the center. Her public art installations are located around the United States, with five site-specific installations in Iowa. Sato has created three major installations at Iowa State University - One, Now, All (1999-2000) in the Palmer Building, e+l+e+m+e+n+t+a+l (2010-2012) in Hach Hall, and most recently, The Fifth Muse (2015-2016) in Marston Hall. This exhibition of selected conceptual drawings, models and sculptural elements invites the viewer to explore Sato’s public art projects from conceptualization to fabrication and final installation.
Gary Ernest Smith, Adrienne Gennett, William L. Clark, Pamela Jenkins, and Iowa State University Museums
As a land-grant institution, the landscape has always been and remains an important aspect of the research and work being conducted at Iowa State University. Iowa State began as a place to teach practical agriculture to the sons and daughters of farmers around the state, thus educating their population and better informing the rural farms of new theories and technology in agriculture. University Museums has long supported these original land-grant initiatives by presenting unique artistic perspectives of the Iowa landscape. Gary Ernest Smith has often painted the Iowa landscape, along with more Western views, with impressive results. He creates close-up detailed views of the grass, corn, and soil, along with painterly visions of rural fields, that could easily be found anywhere around Iowa. These views will speak to the students and community of Iowa State, as many work and live within these rural vistas. Landscapes such as Smith’s allow people to recognize the inherent beauty in their world and appreciate how an artist can translate their surroundings to the canvas.
Amy Bix, April Eisman, Nancy Gebhart, Christiana Langenberg, Sara B. Marcketti, Amy Popillion, Michèle A. Schaal, Jodi A. Sterle, and Gloria Jones-Johnson
How does society define identity? How do you? How do pieces of the identity puzzle such as gender, color, social class or spirituality influence our experiences? Through a diverse selection of artists and media, this exhibition explores some of the many ways in which identity can be empowered or marginalized, multidimensional or stereotyped. The works of art presented offer different lenses through which to view society. The paintings, sculptures, crafts, and other objects in this exhibition embody and connect to a wide variety of social issues and perspectives to inspire visitor discussion and develop critical thinking skills through visual literacy.
This exhibition reflects a multi-disciplinary curatorial approach to reexamining the permanent collection in conjunction with the 40th Anniversary celebration of University Museums. These collaborative interpretations, juxtaposed with the works of art, aim at encouraging viewers to examine themselves and varying perceptions of identity.
The curatorial team includes Amy Bix, History; April Eisman, Art History; Nancy Gebhart, University Museums; Christiana Langenberg, English; Sara Marcketti, Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management; Amy Popillion, Human Development and Family Studies; Michèle Schaal, Women’s Studies and English; Jodi Sterle, Animal Science; and Gloria Jones-Johnson, Sociology-LAS.
This exhibition is supported by the ISU Women’s and Diversity Grant Program, Michèle Schaal and Jean-Philippe Tessonnier, Sara Marcketti, the Department of Apparel Events and Hospitality Management, the Department of History, the Department of English, the Department of Women’s Studies, and the University Museums Membership.
Dan Corson, Emily Morgan, Iowa West Foundation, and Iowa State University Museums
For nearly 100 years, Iowa State University has been a leader in collecting public art and integrating it in to the campus experience. Part of the mission of the Christian Petersen Art Museum is to celebrate public art on campus and provide an environment and experience for learning about new public art and artists.
Adrienne Gennett, Lynette Pohlman, and Iowa State University Museums
In preparation for the year-long celebration of University Museums 40th anniversary in 2015, it became clear early on that there needed to also be a celebration of the arts and significant artists of Iowa. When University Museums was first conceived in the early 1970s there was no acknowledged agreement that the institution would collect, or make it a point to collect, Iowa artists. As we look back today, 40 years later, we realize that University Museums’ collection of Iowa artists has become significant and, as time passed, a collection we sought to grow and develop in its breadth and wealth.
Mac Adams, Doug Jacobson, and Emily Morgan
The art of Mac Adams uses photography, sculpture, and installations.
His sculpture The Moth is in the permanent Art on Campus Collection with its site specific installation outside Coover Hall and the Department of Computer Engineering. The Moth is an organic form that interacts with the natural surroundings. As the focal point of the sculpture, the image of the moth is created through the negative forms of three marble slabs. The viewer has to find the optimum spatial position for the shape of a moth trapped in the square to visually form. The void of a moth is designed to respond to varying light conditions. Each of the three forms exist as independent structures and only connect when the viewer is in the optimum position.
Bill Barrett and John Cunnally
The Christian Petersen Art Museum, the Byron and Elizabeth Anderson Sculpture Garden and the Art on Campus Collection synergistically function to create an aesthetic campus where the contemporary visual arts are intellectually and physically accessible. As new public art is commissioned by Iowa State, the sculpture garden and this museum bring enlightenment, enjoyment and understanding about the art and artists to the campus community.
The sculpture of internationally acclaimed artist Bill Barrett was first acquired for Iowa State’s Art on Campus Collection in 2007 for the Gerdin Building. A selection of Barrett’s sculptures was the inaugural exhibition in 2007 in the Anderson Sculpture Garden with the intent of expanding understanding and campus access to Barrett’s artistic expression. That exhibition, Exquisite Balance, will remain on view through August 2010. In the Christian Petersen Art Museum, the exhibition Polyphonic Abstractions: Paintings and Maquettes by Bill Barrett continues that same aesthetic and educational goal of increasing knowledge and understanding of Barrett’s humanistic expressions. By viewing the sculpture and paintings of Bill Barrett, the University Museums’ intent is to have campus experience an artist and his work as fully as possible, and thus place in context Bravo III, which is part of our permanent Art on Campus Collection at the Gerdin Building.
Known primarily for his sculptures of fabricated aluminum, bronze and steel, Barrett is also an accomplished painter. This exhibition juxtaposes his expressive canvases with his sculptural maquettes. With lyrical calligraphic gestures, Barrett’s art explores the interplay between positive and negative space with grace, elegance and exquisite balance. Fluidity, celebration, and effortlessness are ideas that are delicately balanced with form, line, color and content while invoking a minimal aesthetic with humanity. Polyphonic Abstractions refers to the idea that several things are being experienced linearly and simultaneously, with complexity and density in imagery.
William King, Lynette Pohlman, David Cohen, and Iowa State University Museums
The Elizabeth and Bryon Anderson Sculpture Garden is located by the Christian Petersen Art Museum at historic Morrill Hall. The sculpture garden design incorporates changing exhibitions of sculpture, a gathering arena, and sidewalks and pathways. Planted with perennials, ground cover, shrubs, and flowering trees, the landscape design provides a distinctive setting for important twentieth and twenty-first century sculpture, primarily American.
The sculpture garden is adjacent to Iowa State’s 22-acre central campus. Iowa State’s first president Adonijah Welch (1821-1889; President 1868-83) envisioned a picturesque campus with a winding road encircling the college’s majestic buildings, vast lawns of green grass, and many varieties of trees sprinkled throughout to provide shade, shrubbery and flowers for fragrance. Today the central lawn continues to be an iconic place for all Iowa Staters, and, in 1999 Iowa State became nationally acclaimed by the American Society of Landscape Architects as one of the most beautiful campuses in the country. The new Elizabeth and Byron Anderson Sculpture Garden further enhances the beauty of Iowa State.