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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

Pathways: Iowa Landscapes by Stewart Buck

December 6, 2019-February 1, 2020

Take a late afternoon ride down a country road through Iowa’s lush rolling hills on the Last of May. Cruise until you’re At the Summit, where the expansive clear azure sky stretches to the distant horizon. Hike along steel rails Through the Woods enjoying the sweet ambrosia of flowering dogwoods and bluebells nodding their heads in the refreshing spring breeze. Follow a rural lane To the Pasture exploding into a verdant sea of green. After the Storm, drive serpentine roads through cool shadows of a lazy meadow stream. Hike a winding footpath to the majestic House on the Hill and view the panoramic patchwork of corn and soybeans emerging from the rich, black earth below. On a June Morning, meander the back roads to the White Barn glowing in brilliant warm sunshine. Explore a path through fields of prairie flowers and Into the Unknown.

Life’s Pathways take us in a multitude of directions. These paths don’t follow a straight line. We sometimes take wrong turns, hit dead ends, or meander in directions that take us to unexpected places. Our life’s journey is full of surprises and challenges at every turn.   Enjoy your adventure. Explore...Discover...and Savor the Pathways of your life!


ARTIST BIO:  Stewart Buck was born in Ames and graduated from Iowa State University in 1973 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Design. He continued at ISU and in 1975, he completed his Master’s Degree in Design, and also obtained an additional Bachelor’s Degree in Art Education.

In 2011, Buck retired from the Bondurant-Farrar Community School District, where he taught high school art classes for thirty-six years. He now devotes full time to Streamliner Studio, a freelance art business. Buck works with pastels, creating drawings with predominantly railroad and landscape themes. His artwork hangs in a wide range of private and corporate collections around the United States, and his images have been selected for book covers, calendars, brochures, greeting cards, and magazines.

Buck lives in Ankeny with his wife, Mary.


Upcoming Exhibits

Works by Jamila Johnson

February 1-March 28, 2020


March 28-May 23, 2020:  ISU MFA Student(s)

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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