Week of May 15, 2023

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Preservation Month

People Saving Places: Lynette Pohlman

University Museums Director & Chief Curator Lynette Pohlman was instrumental in the restoration and preservation of what is now the Farm House Museum. Below is an excerpt from a blog entry by Intern Quinn Vandenberg:

Farm House Restoration Committee

In April of 1971, Neva Petersen, Lynette’s mentor and professor, hired Lynette to help in the restoration of the Farm House Museum, in time for the nation’s upcoming bicentennial celebration in 1976. Still an undergraduate, Lynette’s career in art was underway, and along with it, the future creation of University Museums. Lynette’s work on the Farm House Museum led to her thesis subject, obtaining her master’s degree in 1976. The project allowed her to work freely and explore under the leadership of supportive faculty... Read More

Above image: Farm House Restoration Committee, 1970s

Farm House Museum parlor during restoration in 1970s

Farm House parlor during 1970s restoration

Farm House Museum parlor in 1976

Farm House Museum parlor in 1976

Throughout the month of May, celebrate Preservation Month: People Saving Places by recognizing those doing the great work of saving places and inspiring others to do the same. Access resources from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Stay tuned to our eNews and social media this month for ways people associated with your University Museums are saving places.

Farm House Closed This Week

The Farm House Museum is closed this week for an end-of-semester break. It will reopen for the summer on Monday, May 22.

Farm House Museum

601 Farm House Lane

Ames, IA


Monday-Friday, noon-1:00pm

Closed weekends & University Holidays

Farm House Museum exterior

Sculpting an Icon

Jerome Thompson, retired State Curator with the State Historical Society of Iowa, will explore the people and events that may have influenced this important installation on the Iowa State campus.

In conjunction with Telling Tales: Exploring Narrative Art in the Permanent Collection at Brunnier Art Museum through July 23.

Photo of Fountain of the Four Seasons with text Sculpting an Icon Christian Petersen and the Fountain of the Four Seasons
Photo of Jerome Thompson

Sunday, May 21


Brunnier Art Museum

Scheman Building, 2nd floor

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Spring Stats

Do you enjoy statistics? Here are a few end-of-the-semester numbers for you!

Your University Museums has had a lot of programs and curriculum tours. We've reached people both locally and globally by having in-person and virtual options.

We're not quite halfway through the year, so stay tuned to see how these numbers increase...

Spring 2023 University Museums Semester Review. 6 Exhibitions. 4 Museum Spaces. photos of exhibitions
38 Programs Events. People Reached 1196. 32 Curriculum Tours. Students Reached 599. Photos of people at events or tours
5 Inters Graduated. photos of interns

Virtual Programs

Did you check out any of our virtual programs this semester? You can watch the recordings and other videos online on our YouTube channel! Here are some highlights:

Artist Lecture Joyce J. Scott

Artist Lecture: Joyce J. Scott

Joyce J. Scott is a dynamic artist, educator, and performer whose beadwork sculptures tell the stories of her world. Learn how her art challenges stereotypes and confronts many difficult subjects through the use of glass beads.

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Behind Breaking Barriers

"Breaking Barriers" is the newly installed interactive tribute sculpture to Jack Trice commemorating the 100th anniversary of his death. Learn about its creation and symbolism from the artist behind the sculpture, Ivan Toth Depeña.

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Behind "Breaking Barriers"
Gracia Koele, Pohlman Fellow

Pohlman Fellow Program with Gracia Koele

Experience museum work through the eyes of current Pohlman Fellow Gracia Koele (History ’23), as she shares her experiences over the last 8 months at University Museums.

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Harriet Bart Artist Talk

Minnesota-based international artist Harriet Bart discusses the evolution of her practice of over 50 years; with University Museums Curator Sydney Marshall and Iowa Arts Council Administrator David Schmitz.

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Artist Talk: Harriet Bart

Forward to 50

Your University Museums will soon be celebrating 50 years! Leading up to this anniversary, our "Forward to 50" series of programs will not only highlight past accomplishments, but also emphasize current projects and future endeavors.

Join us for Forward to 50 | Innovate and Engage with Scholarship and Research on Sunday, June 4 at 2:00pm in the Brunnier Art Museum.

Photos of Lynette Pohlman and Allison Sheridan. Forward to 50 Innovate and Engage with Scholarship and Research. Sunday June 4 2 to 3 PM Brunnier Art Museum Scheman Building. Iowa State University University Museums

Two major University Museums online scholarship projects have been unveiled in the last year, the Iowa State University Biographical Dictionary and the Christian Petersen Catalogue Raissoné. Learn more about the behind-the-scenes in managing these multi-year projects, how to best utilize each publication online, and what the future holds for scholarship at University Museums.

Brunnier Art Museum

295 Scheman Building

1805 Center Drive, Ames, IA

There is no registration for this program. Free & open to the public.

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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.

Monday, May 15-Friday, May 19

Farm House Museum closed for end of semester break

Sunday, May 21


Sculpting an Icon: Christian Petersen and the Fountain of the Four Seasons

with Jerome Thompson

Brunnier Art Museum

Saturday & Sunday, May 27 & 28

Brunnier Art Museum closed for Memorial Day weekend

Monday, May 29

All University Museums and the office closed for Memorial Day

Wednesday, May 31


Art Walk: Industry and Innovation in Art on Campus

led by docent Cindy Scholten

begins on east side of Black Engineering Bldg.

Saturday, June 3


University Museums at the Farmers' Market

Ames Main Street Farmers' Market

Sunday, June 4


Forward to 50 | Innovate and Engage with Scholarship and Research

Brunnier Art Museum

Sunday, June 11


Curator's Tour of Telling Tales

with Adrienne Gennett

Brunnier Art Museum

Wednesday, June 14


Art Walk: Walking in the Footsteps of Jack Trice

led by Lynette Pohlman

begins at Albaugh Family Plaza, Athletic Sports Complex

Sculpture of a Maiden planting a seed from the Fountain of the Four Seasons
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