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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

Originality: Past and Future by Dennis M. Dake

October 12, 2019-December 6, 2019

"We cannot escape our origins, however we try."  - James Baldwin 

In my artistic life, I am always searching for original sources of inspiration that propel me into my studio.  This exhibit for the Gallery in the Round consists of artwork completed over the past 10-11 years, including study drawings and paintings in a recent series about family ancestors.

Upon her death in 2010, my mother, Charlotte Baum Dake, bequeathed to me a valuable visual resource, her family photo albums.  Searching for the most authentic roots for my continued artistic expression, I have found great pleasure in visually exploring generations of family heritage presented in these old photographs.  The drawings and paintings presented in this exhibition include some of the experiments I have conducted to explore and communicate visual thoughts about my maternal lineage.  Who are these people from whom I am descended?  Looking into the faces of these ancestors and thinking about my own short tenure on this planet is providing the inspiration that, I believe, will carry me into the future.  These sources of inspiration involve looking back simultaneously to the unknowable past and projecting forward from these roots and into the equally unknowable future.

ARTIST BIO:  Dake received degrees from Upper Iowa University (BA) and the University of Northern Iowa (MA).  He served on the faculty of Iowa State University's College of Design as a professor of art and design for over 30 years, ultimately retiring to emeritus status in 2008.  During his time at Iowa State, Dake developed courses in art education, the neuropsychology of artistic thought, painting, design and mixed media art.  As a Professor Emeritus of the Art and Visual Culture Department, Dake has worked largely with university and K-12 schools, in interdisciplinary education between art and neuropsychology, and effective methods of art history instruction.Dake lives in Ames, with his wife, Dot.  He is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Ames, and currently serves on their board of directors.  He also chairs the art exhibition committee of the UUFA.2019 marks fifty years since these four artists graduated from Ames High School. They are delighted to share their creative work in coordination with the 50th reunion of the AHS Class of 1969.



Upcoming Exhibits

Works by Stewart Buck

December 6, 2019-February 1, 2020

Description coming soon!


February 1-March 28, 2020:  Jamila Johnson

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,


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