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Gallery in the Round

The building of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Ames also serves as a community art gallery, open to visitors during regular office hours or at other times by appointment. To make an appointment, call the Fellowship office at 515-292-5960.

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

September 26, 2022-November 7, 2022: Nature of Inspiration by Mike Mittermeier

I am a self-taught artist who started in the advertising field, now with fifty years of experience in a wide range of media and subjects. I am inspired by artists and mentors, having educated myself and built my own skills and techniques in watercolors and other mediums from practical applications. The question, “What if I tried this?” always gave me answers. It was through this passion that helped me understand different media more clearly than if I had gone to any school or weekend workshop. I have 5+ years of college study in lettering and typography, art education, studio arts, and print making.

My compositions were sharpened through hands-on experience. I am currently focusing on an expression of myself. There are infinite sources of subjects and little time – I scan my world, arranging and sorting, choosing and editing; a process no one else may decide or make for me. My creative vocabulary has never been limited to one subject, and my artistic voice is usually subtle, yet with meaning. For each subject, I render a unique message, leaving the viewer to search and find the values of color and composition. I am committed to creativity and expression, first through watercolors and other media as the mood carries me.

In describing my works in this exhibit, my paintings are a mix of surrealism and abstract landscape and wildlife. My love for the outdoors allows me to give the viewer a personal feeling of solitude and reflection through colors and patterns that may form the subject, drawing the viewer in to search for their own meaning. Of course though, if asked, I will always direct the viewer to what inspires me.


Upcoming Exhibits

Next exhibit dates TBD.


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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