University Museums go RED


The Christian Petersen Art Museum’s latest exhibition, “Red”, explores the role of the color red in society and artwork across multiple media and time periods.

Matthew Carlson

What comes to mind when you think of the word “Red”? Perhaps the color, maybe a favorite sweater. It could even be the album that contains your favorite Taylor Swift song. Whatever you think of, you can experience red in the form of an art exhibit on display by the University Museums.

The RED Exhibit opened Monday and will run until Aug. 4.

The official opening of the exhibit will take place from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday in the Christian Petersen Art Museum, 1017 Morrill Hall.

The exhibition was curated by Nancy Gebhart in hopes of getting visitors to do some self-reflection about the color and see how their thoughts and feelings are communicated through art.

“In my opinion, the best art is both academic and emotional, and I hope visitors to the exhibition see something that they can relate to and something that challenges them,” Gebhart said.

Twenty-seven artists are featured on display, including nationally-known artists Dale Chihuly, John Buck and Sister Mary Corita Kent. The art exhibit also shows statements by 24 Iowa State faculty members from 17 different departments about the importance of the color red in academic life on campus.

Regular museum hours are from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.