Date: April 26 – June 23
Where: Weaver Lobby Gallery & McIlrath Landing Gallery
Event: Opening Reception April 26, 5 – 7 pm
Faces of Iowa State celebrates the tradition and impact of portraiture at Iowa State University. This exhibition illuminates contemporary people who are change agents and contributors to Iowa State. Faces of Iowa State illustrates stories of a democratic education where the visions, dreams and actions of individuals play a vital role in the shaping of Iowa State’s collective identity and culture.
Collaborating ISU colleges and units selected 21 people to participate in the portrait project. Over 500,000 Fair attendees witnessed Maquoketa, Iowa artist, Rose Frantzen, painting two portraits a day during her 10-day residency. After the overwhelmingly positive response the portraits received at the Fair, Frantzen was invited by ISU to establish a portrait studio, this time in the Christian Petersen Art Museum in April 2017, where she was commissioned to paint additional portraits of impactful Iowa Staters. By celebrating these people, this exhibition focuses on the diverse qualities that define the people of a great university. Faces of Iowa State portraits are in the University Museums’ Art on Campus Collection and continue the portrait tradition at Iowa State University.
Faces of Iowa State is organized by the University Museums with major support from: College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, College of Business, College of Engineering, College of Human Sciences, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, ISU Extension and Outreach, University Library, Office of the Vice President for Research, and the University Museums, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.