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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 9:00 am to 12:00 pm) or 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

Iowa: A Place by Kristen Greteman

December 2, 2017 - January 27, 2018

Created by the Land Ordinance of 1785, the Jeffersonian Grid began to form the land of Iowa into square-mile sections. Intended to develop the nation into that of “yeoman farmers,” this land division system drastically reshaped the landscape of Iowa, from native ecosystems of prairie, wetlands, and oak savannas to agricultural plats, more easily sold and purchased by the mass of immigrants that moved west over the next 150 years. This system developed for platting and selling became the arbitrary division of land across this state, unravelling organic ecosystems into squares with little thought for the natural mechanisms of the environment. This piece, Division of Land, contemplates the spatial separation of Iowa in another way: through the watersheds. A watershed is defined as a region that is drained by a system of waterways. Consider the consequences if the county borders were that of the watersheds. How would your life be different?

Ms. Greteman is an artist, aspiring architect, and avid traveler with a passion for finding beauty in the everyday. She grew up in Iowa and loves calling this state her home base. Kristen earned professional Bachelor of Architecture, Master of Science in Architecture, and Master of Community and Regional Planning degrees from Iowa State University.

 

Upcoming Exhibit

Works by Art Staniforth

January 27, 2018 - February 24, 2018

A painting is a silent story.  As a storyteller refines and embellishes a table, so that it becomes dynamic, even cryptic.  A painting should have secrets to discover beyond the first impression.  Hidden within the shapes of paint and often incongruous juxtapositions of color are the notions of technique that created it; the moments of assiduous care and the instances of chance and luck.  Hidden even deeper in the painting, like the storyteller's metaphors, are the stories of other paintings adored by the painter and incorporated into the one in front of you.  Not just other paintings, of course, but all the things of the world and all things imagined.

Staniforth was born in Ames and grew up near the Skunk River.  He attended Meeker Elementary, Central Junior High, Ames High School, Iowa State University, and finally, after some traveling adventure, a few years of teaching, and a Peace Corps stint in Jamaica, he attended the University of Iowa College of Dentistry.  He and his wife, Jayne, returned gladly to Ames in 1984.  Their three children attended Meeker Elementary and Art feels blessed to have his hold stomping grounds beneath his feet.  He has painted for over fifteen years.

 

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, uufa@uufames.org).

 

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Information for Artists AW.doc36 KB
Art Exhibition Committee approved May 2013.pdf27.32 KB
Bill of Sale blank 2015.09.pdf130.53 KB
Exhibition and Insurance Record.pdf1.78 MB
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