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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

U.S. Geological Survey by Margaret Whiting

April 27, 2019 - June 22, 2019

Margaret Whiting explores contemporary issues related to land use, encouraging thoughtful consideration of the laws that regulate American society's impact on the land.  She uses discarded law books, science books, encyclopedias, dictionaries, and maps as her media.

"I placed human anatomy textbook illustrations onto early 1900s geologic survey maps to show striking visual similarity between our bodies and the natural landscape. Humans are connected with the land on many levels. Today more than ever we must protect the natural environment to safeguard our own health.

I am fascinated by the repetition of patterns found in nature. Geologists and medical illustrators have used identical color combinations, patterns, textures, and even the same words.

Humans superimposed their own patterns on the land. Oil wells, copper mines and veins of coal can be seen in these old maps. Man has certainly altered the land since these maps were printed. The human impact on the land affects human health since air pollution and disposed waste will ultimately lead back to us."

Whiting grew up on the Mesabi Iron Range of Northern Minnesota and now lives in Waterloo, Iowa.  She received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Medical Technology from the University of Minnesota and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Studio Art from the University of Northern Iowa.  She worked as a medical technologist in hospital laboratories and taught workshops in weaving, papermaking, and bookmaking.  Whiting is active in several environmental organizations and currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Iowa Chapter of Sierra Club.  Her works have been featured in exhibitions across the country and internationally.



Upcoming Exhibits

Sharing Schnitts with Linda Emmerson: 40 Years of Paper Cuts

June 24, 2019-August 17, 2019

Emmerson became enchanted with the “intricate, evocative and bold images” of “Scherenschnitt” (paper-cutting) during a visit to Switzerland in 1976 and utilized her background as an architectural draftsman and technical illustrator to create her own unique paper-cuts.  Rather than working with the traditional scissors, she uses a scalpel. Her enthusiasm for England, history, travel, and Iowa’s “Beautiful Land,” inspire her subject-matter; she notes that “cornstalks and bicyclists often figure in my paper cuts.”

A public reception will be held Thursday, June 27th from 5-7 p.m. Emmerson will answer questions about her work and will give a brief presentation at 6 p.m.



August 17-October 12, 2019:  3 from '69: Rex Heer, Stewart Buck, & Karen Kellogg

October 12-December 7, 2019:

December 7-February 1, 2020:

February 1-March 28, 2020:

March 28-May 23, 2020:


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
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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