Think Ames logo


RED, the Exhibition, opens January 9th at the Christian Petersen Art Museum

On January 9, 2017 the Christian Petersen Art Museum, part of University Museums at Iowa State University, is opening the new spring semester exhibition RED that takes a lens to the color, it’s influence in art and design, and the many unique interpretations.


January 9 – August 4, 2017
1017 Morrill Hall, 603 Morrill Rd., central Iowa State campus

Love. Fire. Passion. Celebration. Anger. Awareness. Danger. Strength. Blood. Power. What comes to mind when you think of the color red? Red is highly visible. Red is energizing. Red is sexual. Red is emotional. Red is assertive. Red is loud. This exhibition is curated from the University Museums permanent collection to explore the cultural and aesthetic diversity of this vibrant hue through interpretations of art juxtaposed with statements written by ISU faculty discussing the importance of the color red to academic disciplines across campus.

“I understand red in association with the heart.  Red symbolizes humility and the belief that leadership is centered on enlightenment and opportunity to change lives.” -Amber Manning-Ouellette, Lecturer, Leadership Studies

This exhibition is organized by the University Museums, curated by Nancy Gebhart, and is supported by the University Museums Membership.
Thursday, January 12, from 4:30 to 6:00 pm, Christian Petersen Art Museum, 1017 Morrill Hall, 603 Morrill Rd.
Join us in celebrating the opening of Red, an exhibition that explores the cultural and aesthetic diversity of this vibrant hue. 15 different faculty members from 11 different departments contributed their musings and reflections about red and the multiple ways the color can be used and interpreted. Add to the fun by donning your favorite red outfit! Light refreshments.
Related Events & Programs

Artful Yoga     

These practices will enrich your yoga experience by going beyond the physical and inviting an artistic perspective to your awareness. In conjunction with the current exhibition, our practices this semester will focus on the color red.  Please arrive early for a discussion on the month’s topic beginning at 5:15. The practice will begin at 5:30. No yoga experience is necessary, but please bring your own mat.  Free, but online registration required at This monthly free yoga practice is sponsored by University Museums and Recreation Services.
Additional Arftul Yoga Dates:
Wed., February 8 at 5:30 pm
Wed., March 8 at 5:30 pm
Wed., April 12 at 5:30 pm
Wed., May 10 at 5:30 pm
Red – Exhibition Opening

Exhibition Open House – National Wear Red Day
Monday, February 6 from 11:00 to 4:00 pm, Christian Petersen Art Museum, 1017 Morrill Hall, 603 Morrill Rd.

Don your favorite shade of red and visit the Christian Petersen Art Museum exhibition Red to experience the vibrancy and diversity of the color and its meaning.

Women in the Arts – A Conversation
Wednesday, March 8 at 12:00 pm, Christian Petersen Art Museum, 1017 Morrill Hall, 603 Morrill Rd.

Let’s talk about the role of women in the arts – historically and today. In honor of International Women’s Day, celebrate accomplishments by women in the arts in our campus community and talk about where we are today and the hopes for the future. This conversation will be led by University Museums Director Lynette Pohlman and include several other ISU women who have impacted the arts.

Admission and Hours      

The Christian Petersen Art Museum is located on the ground and first floors of Morrill Hall on central campus, 603 Morrill Rd. Admission is free, however there is a suggested donation of $3 per visitor.  The Christian Petersen Art Museum regular hours are as follows: Monday through Friday from 11:00am to 4:00pm. The Christian Petersen Art Museum is closed weekends and during University breaks and holidays. Parking available at the Memorial Union Ramp (fees apply).

Media Information       

To schedule interviews and/or to photograph exhibitions or events, please contact Allison Sheridan (515-294-3342 or Nancy Gebhart (515-294-3342,

Images available upon request.

For more information on University Museums, call 515-294-9500 or visit our new web site at


Submitted by University Museums

Back to News