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 (New expanded hours beginning Sept. 20 - Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sat and Sun, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (while ISU is in session))

  • "Artists in Iowa: The First Century," will explore the diversity in art within the state from Meskwaki traditional art to the paintings of the New Deal, Sept. 19 through Dec. 22
    Curator talk, Dr. Lea Rosson DeLong, Sept. 27, 5-7 p.m.
  • Jennifer Steinkamp exhibition, an exhibition that blurs the boundaries between technology and traditional artistic mediums, Sept. 20 through Dec. 22
    Artist talk, Oct. 13, noon to 1 p.m.
  • Iowa and Contemporary Pottery exhibition, a curated collection to reflect various aspects of ceramics making, Sept. 20 through Dec. 22
    Curator talk, Nov. 3, 2-3 p.m.

    Christian Petersen Art Museum | contact

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

    • "It Starts With Us: Civility and the 21st Century Land Grant Mission," ReACT exhibition encourages visitors to consider how civility plays a role in the history of both the United States and Iowa State University, Sept. 3 through Oct. 4
      Gallery Chat, Ruxandra Looft, Sept. 17, noon-12:30 p.m.
      Gallery Chat, Lilah Anderson, Sept. 24, noon-12:30 p.m.
      Gallery Chat, Jonathan Sturm, Oct. 1, noon-12:30 p.m.
    • "Force of Nature," an exhibition featuring works of art from Susan Chrysler White, Aug. 26 through Dec. 19, 2019
      Reception and Artist Talk, Oct. 3, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
      Conversation with the Artist and Exhibition Curator, Oct. 4, noon to 1 p.m.

    Design on Main Gallery | contact

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

    • "Box, Book and Board," a group exhibition by four Ames artists, Deb Anders-Bond, Molly Ethridge, Eduardo Garcia and Kathy Svec, Oct. 2-25

    Farm House Museum | contact

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

    • "Timeless: Love and Romance in the Victorian Era," an exhibition that takes a peek into love and romance in the Victorian era, through Oct. 31, 2019

    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

      • "We Are ISU: Snapshots of Student Life," an exhibit focusing on photographs, scrapbooks, journals, t-shirts, and more from past students, March 13 through Sept. 2019
      • Online exhibits:

      Throughout Parks Library

      • "Art in Parks," features contemporary women artists, ongoing

      Memorial Union | contact

      Gallery, viewing based on room availability, free

      • "Rebellious Rendezvous," woodblock prints and collages by Kristin Nowlin, through Oct. 6

      Pioneer Room, viewing based on room availability, free

      • "Dust," abstract artwork from Holly DeGrote, through Sept. 17

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

      Reiman Gardens | contact

      9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, $9 (youth $4.50, free for members)

      Hughes Conservatory

      • "Game Time," football-themed cardinal and gold flora, through Nov. 16.

        Textiles and Clothing Museum, Mary Alice Gallery | contact

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


          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.