Brunnier Art Museum at Iowa State University

The Brunnier Art Museum is the state’s only accredited museum emphasizing a decorative arts collection, and one of the nation’s few museums located within a performing arts and conference complex (Iowa State Center). Founded in 1975, the museum is named after its benefactors, Iowa State alumnus Henry J. Brunnier and his wife Ann. The decorative arts collection they donated, the Brunnier Collection, is extensive, consisting of ceramics, glass, dolls, ivory, jade, and enameled metals.

Other fine and decorative art objects that form the University Art Collection include prints, paintings, sculptures, textiles, carpets, wood, lacquered objects, silver, and furniture. About eight to twelve annual changing exhibitions and permanent collection exhibitions provide educational opportunities for all ages — from learning the history of a quilt hand-stitched over 100 years ago to discovering how scientists analyze the physical properties of artists’ materials, such as glass or stone. Lectures, receptions, conferences, university classes, panel discussions, gallery walks, and gallery talks are presented to assist with further interpretation of objects.

Place Categories: Art MuseumPlace Tags: fiber, paintings, printmaking, sculptures and woodworking

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