Arts and attractions
Fountain of the Four Seasons sculpture by Christian Petersen.
South of Morrill Hall, free
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
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
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.
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
Special Collections and University Archives, 403 Parks Library, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, free
- "Do[ing] Their Bit: Iowa's Role in the Great War," Jan. 17-June 2018
- Online exhibits: archives.lib.iastate.edu
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
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.
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.
- The Brunnier Art Museum
- Christian Petersen Art Museum
- Farm House Museum
- The Gentle Doctor sculpture
- Grant Wood murals
- Hilton Coliseum
- Iowa State Center
- Iowa State University Research Park
- Jack Trice Stadium
- Reiman Gardens
- Veenker Memorial Golf Course
- C6 Virtual Reality Applications Center
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."
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.
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.
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.