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Gallery in the Round

The building of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Ames is a registered art gallery, open to visitors during regular office hours (Monday through Thursday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Friday by appointment) or at other times by appointment. To make an appointment, call the Fellowship office at 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

Process the Progress by Jamila Johnson

February 1, 2020-March 28, 2020

A presentation of works created by Iowa artist Jamila Johnson.  As an emerging artist, her work serves as an extension of her writing, passion for storytelling, and her experience occupying a Black body in white America.  Rather than remain rooted in a hurtful world, she creates fantasy lands that suspend reality and can be inhabited by whomever, whenever.

About the Artist:
Jamila Johnson is an Iowa native and 2019 graduate of Iowa State University.  She currently works as Religious Educator for the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Ames, and she has previously worked for the Des Moines Art Center, ISU College of Design, and the Ames Community School District. 

Jamila’s first interest in art began as a toddler, when she began experimenting with different artistic styles and media with a talented college student in her hometown.  She’s been enamored ever since.  During her undergraduate years, Johnson focused on printmaking, but also enjoyed coursework in drawing, textiles, and illustration.  Her work juxtaposes sublime, fantastical landscapes and figures with realistic tasks and emotions.


Upcoming Exhibits

Works by ISU MFA Student(s)

March 28-May 23, 2020


May 23-July 18, 2020:  Rex Heer

July 18-September 12, 2020:  Karen Kellogg

September 12-November 7, 2020:  Justin Young

November 7, 2020-January 2, 2021:  Mike Mittermeier

January 2-February 27, 2021:  Isaac Prior


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,


Information for Artists AW.doc36 KB
Bill of Sale blank 2015.09.pdf130.53 KB
Exhibition and Insurance Record.pdf1.78 MB
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