FACES OF IOWA STATE
Harvester Artspace Lofts Gallery | Council Bluffs, IA
Now - December 30
Beginning in the 1930s, at the height of the Great Depression, Iowa State University (ISU) made it a priority to commission and paint portraits. The commemoration of presidents, deans, accomplished faculty and heralded alumni strove to honor the college’s heritage and legacies. This tradition continues today with the active commissioning of portraits by departments and colleges all across ISU and is celebrated through this statewide touring exhibition Faces of Iowa State.
Faces of Iowa State features the 39 portraits painted by Maquoketa artist Rose Frantzen. Frantzen’s art has been featured nationally, including an exhibit of her Portrait of Maquoketa project at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. The exhibition subjects were chosen by Iowa State University’s colleges and select units. Portrait sitters included students, faculty, staff, alumni and individuals with close ties to the university.
Council Bluffs, IA
The UN Sculpture Project, led by PACE in partnership with the city of Council Bluffs and funded by Ted & Polly Hoff and the Iowa West Foundation, will place 10 sculptures throughout Council Bluffs to illustrate how Council Bluffs is "Unlike anywhere else. On purpose."
The UN sculptures will find semi-permanent homes throughout the community marking "points of interest" in Council Bluffs. Stay tuned for community locations!
In 2020, a special event will take place at the new Hoff Family Arts & Culture Center to auction off the sculptures, raising funds for youth scholarships for art camps and classes.