Arts and attractions

Fountain of the Four Seasons

Fountain of the Four Seasons sculpture by Christian Petersen.

Exhibits Calendar

Anderson Sculpture Garden | contact

South of Morrill Hall, free

Brunnier Art Museum | contact

Scheman Building, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 1-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, $3 suggested donation

  • Closed for renovations through summer 2018

    Christian Petersen Art Museum | contact

    Morrill Hall, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, $3 suggested donation

    • "Ambiguity, Mystery and Allure," celebrates American sculptor Manuel Neri (b. 1930) by presenting his life-size sculptures, maquettes, drawings and paintings, Jan. 8 through May 18.
    • "The People's College: The Morrill Act and Iowa State," ongoing
    • "Commissioning a Collection: 75 Years of Public Art," ongoing

    Design on Main Gallery | contact

    203 Main St., 2-5 p.m. Thursday-Saturday

    • "Fractured Vistas and Mechanical Topographies," an exhibition exploring landscape, architecture and a sense of place by Jody Boyer and Russ Nordman, Jan. 16 through Feb. 13.

    Farm House Museum | contact

    Central campus, Noon-4 p.m., Monday-Friday, $3 suggested donation

    Gallery 181 | 515-294-7428

    College of Design, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, free

      Parks Library | contact

      Special Collections and University Archives, 403 Parks Library, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, free

      Memorial Union | contact

      Gallery, viewing based on room availability, free

      • "Evensong 20 (Village of Darkness and Light), abstract paintings by Benjamin Gardner, Dec. 14 through Feb. 12, 2018
      • "Paintpushers," exhibition from a small group of visual artists, Feb. 15 through March 26
        Reception, Feb. 15, 6 p.m.

      Pioneer Room, viewing based on room availability, free

      • "Art Inspired," a student juried art exhibition, Feb. 2 through March 19.
        Reception, Feb. 15, 6 p.m.

      Multicultural Center, 8 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-5p.m. Friday, 5-11 p.m. Sunday, free

      • "Untitled," abstract art by Edgard Camacho, through June 2018

        Reiman Gardens | contact

        9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, $8 (youth $4, free for members)


        • "Orchids in the Air," features a fanfare of orchids, from topiary displays to creative mobiles, through April 22.

          Textiles and Clothing Museum, Mary Alice Gallery | contact

          1015 Morrill Hall, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Friday, free

          • "Queer Fashion and Style: Stories from the Heartland," features 98 articles of clothing. The exhibition focuses on women's personal stories and the "why" behind their clothing choices, through April 15.
            Reception, Feb. 8, 5-8 p.m., 1015 Morrill.
            Reiman Gardens

            Reiman Gardens

            Campus attractions


            Best public rose garden

            Iowa State's Reiman Gardens has been named the best public rose garden in the U.S.

            Most beautiful campus

            Iowa State's campus includes over 600 public works of art and was rated as one of America's 25 most beautiful in the book, The Campus as a Work of Art.


            The 10-bell carillon chime installed in the Campanile in 1899 was the first scientifically tuned bell chime outside of England; the carillon has 50 bells today.

            Building of the 20th Century

            Iowa State's Stephens Auditorium was named Iowa's "Building of the 20th Century" by the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Iowa Chapter.

            Most Grant Wood murals

            Iowa State has the largest Grant Wood murals in the nation, including two WPA projects located in Parks Library -- "Breaking the Sod" and "When Tillage Begins, Other Arts Follow."

            Seamless curtain

            The main stage curtain in Stephens Auditorium is seamless, made entirely of silk, measures 85 by 35 feet and weighs 3,000 pounds. It was woven in Kyoto, Japan, on the world's largest continuous loom.

            Accredited museum

            The University Museums at Iowa State is one of only 10 percent of museums in the nation to be accredited by the American Association of Museums.

            Medallion site

            Iowa State's central campus was one of only three university campuses to make the American Society of Landscape Architect's 1999 centennial listing of "Medallion Sites."

            Most Christian Petersen sculptures

            Iowa State holds the nation's largest campus public collection of sculptures by Christian Petersen, who was artist-in-residence from 1934 to 1955.

            Online art tour

            You can take a virtual look at some campus art with University Museums' Digital Art on Campus project.