Week of January 2, 2023

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New Year, New Exhibitions, New Hours

Happy 2023!

The museums are still closed while we change exhibitions, but here is a preview of what's coming.

Beginning January 17, Brunnier Art Museum will be open on Tuesdays!

New Hours:

Tuesday-Friday, 10:00am-4:00pm

Saturday & Sunday, 1:00-4:00pm

Closed Mondays & University Holidays

ISU curriculum tours may be scheduled on Mondays with at least two-week's notice.

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Brunnier Art Museum Exhibitions

Caught Peeping 2021 by Joyce J Scott. Glass beads thread wire peyote stitch. On loan from Mobilia Gallery photo by Jeff Butler model is Aisha Butler

Opening Jan. 17

Joyce J. Scott: Messages

Scott uses beads to create highly detailed intricate three-dimensional sculptures and neckpieces that are commentaries on a range of subjects: racism, misogyny, equality, her heritage, and much more. 

Artist Lecture


Tuesday, Jan. 31

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Opening Jan. 17

Telling Tales: Exploring Narrative Art in the Permanent Collection

Narrative art continues to exist because it is adaptable and at times shaped by the viewer, who may already have a sense of the story presented or may be seeing it for the first time. That story then becomes their own unique interpretation, one they can hold personally or share with others, through language or visual representation, continuing the tradition of storytelling for future generations.

Returning Jan. 17

Reflections of Iowa: The History of Iowa Questers through Glass

This exhibition shares objects from the Iowa Quester Glass Collection, along with the history of Iowa Questers, its chapters, and members. Iowa Questers is part of the Questers, an international organization dedicated to preservation, restoration, and education through the study of antiques.

This exhibition is curated by members of the Glass Committee of Iowa Questers.

Christian Petersen Art Museum Exhibitions

Opening Jan. 17

Neva M. Petersen Gallery, lower level hallway of Morrill Hall

Through the Photographic Lens of King Au: Honoring Jack Trice

ISU alumnus and photographer King Au was commissioned by University Museums to visually capture the site-specific sculptures through his creative lens. 

Reception with Artist

Saturday, Jan. 21

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Detail of Autobiography 2001 by Harriet Bart. Mixed media test tubes anodized aluminum unique artist's book. On loan from the artist photo by Rik Sferra.

Opening Jan. 25

Harriet Bart: Material Alchemy

In her art, importance is placed on the written word as well as the power objects command in remembering, protecting, and transforming oneself.

Bart’s works of art fit into the Art on Campus tradition of public remembrances and experiences through art.

Artist Talk & Opening Reception

Wednesday, Jan. 25

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Farm House Museum Exhibition

Opening Jan. 30

Growing Up Victorian

Childhood and play are essential parts of understanding life in Victorian America, leading to decoding and how adolescents were shaped from a young age with both an ethic for hard work and creativity in play. 

Toy piano by Schoenhut Co. 1925. Gift of Mr and Mrs. John Wessman. Doll c. 1870-1890. Gift of Ann and Henry Brunnier. Checkers Set gift of Marian Daniells. Teddy Bear c. 1920. Gift of Louise Haug. All objects in the permanent collection University Museums

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Art Walk

Art Walk Texts and Literacy in Art on Campus led by Barbara Bruene

In connection with the Harriet Bart: Material Alchemy exhibition, join museum docent Barbara Bruene on an art walk focusing on texts and literary themes found in the Art on Campus Collection.

Wednesday, January 18


Begins at University Library lobby

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Holiday Closures

Your University Museums and the office are closed for University Holidays

Monday, January 2 | New Year's Day (observed)

Monday, January 16 | Martin Luther King Day

Events, Activities, & More

Click the title of events for more information and/or to register. Registration is not required for events unless there is limited capacity. Registering allows us to send you updates and reminders for the event. All University Museums events are free and open to the public.

Tuesday, January 17

Museums open


Wednesday, January 18


Art Walk: Texts and Literacy in Art on Campus

with docent Barbara Bruene

begins at University Library lobby


Saturday, January 21


Reception | Through the Photographic Lens of King Au: Honoring Jack Trice

Christian Petersen Art Museum


Wednesday, January 25


Opening Reception & Artist Talk for Harriet Bart: Material Alchemy

Christian Petersen Art Museum


Sunday, January 29


Sketching on Napkins | The Jack Trice Tribute Story: Breaking Barriers

Christian Petersen Art Museum


Tuesday, January 31


Joyce J. Scott Artist Lecture

Virtual on Zoom

Self portrait of King Au
Photo of Joyce J. Scott
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