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Gallery in the Round

The building of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Ames also serves as a community art gallery, open to visitors during regular office hours or at other times by appointment. To make an appointment, call the Fellowship office at 515-292-5960.

For more information about the gallery, or to purchase artwork from one of the exhibits, contact the Art Exhibition Committee.


Art Exhibition Committee Mission Statement

The goal of the Art Exhibition Committee of the UUFA is to exhibit spiritually enriching art work that supports the creative process in us all. The art exhibition area of the Fellowship building, known as the Gallery in the Round, has a dual role as a continuing aesthetic and artistic enrichment to the practice of ethical and liberal religious ideals within the UUFA and as a community-based professional art gallery, associated with the Ames Community Arts Council.

The Art Exhibition Committee supports and encourages freedom of expression in all its activities. Issues of diversity, individuality, complexity, inventiveness, artistic quality, and the presentation of ideas and issues are considered in the selection of the exhibition program. The content of each exhibit is at the discretion of the Art Committee, using the common principles of the Unitarian Universalist Association and the stated goals and policies of the UUFA as guideposts.

The Committee welcomes the open discussion of issues and ideas raised by the exhibited art works (and the artistic processes employed in their creation). Procedures for the educational resolution of differences in interpretation, opinion and taste are in place as the committee focuses upon the open sharing of views and support for spiritual fellowship within our religious community.


Current Exhibit

November 11, 2022-December 31, 2022: Carolyn Abbott Textiles

Carolyn grew up in Ames, graduated from Ames High, and went on to earn a degree in Applied Art Education from Iowa State University with an emphasis on fine crafts. She taught art in Seward, Nebraska until moving to Iowa City, Iowa in 1970. She was a
member of the weaving and spinning group that was part of the Iowa City Craft Guild. She has studied hand dyeing, surface design, and quilt design with a number of artists over the years. After living in Brainerd, MN for 48 years, she moved back to Ames last June.

Carolyn has participated in many design and textile related workshops, learning the quilt making, dying and surface design techniques used in creating her art. Her work has hung in several locations in Minnesota and in national exhibits in Washington, DC; Huston, Texas; and New Albany, Indiana. A quilt she designed for her local quilt club was pictured on the cover of Volume XX, No. 4 of American Quilter magazine.

Carolyn’s artwork is a way to share her interpretations of the world around her.



Upcoming Exhibits

Next exhibit dates TBD.


Previous Exhibits

For descriptions and photographs of previous exhibits, please click here.


Information for Artists and Visitors

  • Exhibits are displayed for approximately seven to nine weeks.
  • The gallery receives a 20 percent commission on sales.
  • Receptions are encouraged. Artists furnish the food; the gallery furnishes coffee, cold drinks, and all paper products.
  • Each exhibit is insured up to $20,000. Individual pieces are insured up to $5,000.
  • The Art Exhibition Committee will hang the exhibit, with the artist's input when possible.
  • Additional information for artists
  • Exhibition & insurance form

For more information, contact the Art Exhibition Committee or the UUFA Office (292-5960,


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