New works of art at Parks Library highlight contemporary women artists

May 24, 2019

Final installations took place this week of Art in Parks, a new collection in Parks Library at Iowa State University. The additions include the Faces of Iowa State series by Iowa artist Rose Frantzen and important works by 11 more contemporary women artists. The new installations consist of paintings, prints and photographs both newly-acquired and from the University Museums’ permanent collection.

The Art in Parks project was spearheaded by Beth McNeil, dean of Library Services, and is a culmination of a months-long discussion about the importance of art to campus and how it can bring diverse voices to campus spaces. “These works of art will expose students, faculty and staff who visit Parks Library to new perspectives, artists and stories,” McNeil said. “Adding these works is integral for growth and it responds to student requests for broader representation in our art ­– more women and people of color.”

New artists join Grant Wood, Doug Shelton and Christian Petersen currently represented in Parks Library:

Tilly Woodward, Elizabeth Marie Van Hoesen, Virginia Thorne, Marion J. Kitzman, Bethany Collins, Rachel Sussman, Mary Kline-Misol, Renata Sack, Rose Frantzen, Frank Oscar Lind III, Louise Minert Kelly, Elizabeth Catlett, Molly Scannell, Emily Arthur

Public Viewing of Art in Parks

To introduce the collection to campus and the community, a special Art in Parks Art Walk will be held from noon to 1 p.m., Monday, June 3. The tour will be presented by McNeil and University Museum Educator Lilah Anderson. Attendees should meet in the lobby of Parks Library, 701 Morrill Road, Ames. This event is free and open to the public. Parking is available at the Memorial Union parking garage. The #23 orange CyRide route stops on the east side of Parks Library. Please note this Art Walk will cover a lot of ground; comfortable walking shoes are strongly suggested.

Art in Parks is on display now; the public is welcome to view the collection during regular library business hours: 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Mon.-Thurs.; 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Fri.; 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sat.; and 12:30-5 p.m., Sun. 



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Thorne in stacks: Two watercolor paintings by Virginia Thorne can be found north of the glass wall on Floor 4.

Faces full collection: Completed in 2017, The Faces of Iowa State by Iowa artist Rose Frantzen include faculty, staff, alumni and individuals with close ties to the university. The series of 39 portraits is located on Floor 2.

Kline-Misol install: Staff from ISU’s Facilities, Planning & Management (FPM) install Phantomwise, from the Alice Cycle by Mary Kline-Misol the near the center staircase on Floor 1 of Parks Library.

Beth McNeil, dean of Library Services is pictured with the Faces of Iowa State collection.

Contact Information
Monica Gillen  Communications Specialist, Parks Library – 515.294.1442 or
Lilah Anderson  Educator of Visual Literacy & Learning, University Museums – 515.294.3342 or

About the Iowa State University Parks Library
The Iowa State University Parks Library advances the university’s academic excellence and land-grant mission by collecting and preserving world knowledge for its faculty, staff, students and community; by teaching the information literacy skills that enable researchers at all levels to identify, access and use high-quality information; and by actively participating in the creation, sharing, and application of knowledge, research and creative activity, to energize and empower its users toward creating a vital future for the state of Iowa and the world.

About Art on Campus, University Museums 
Iowa State University is home to one of the largest campus public art programs in the United States. Over 2,000 public works of art make up the Art on Campus Collection, and are located across campus in buildings, courtyards, open spaces and classrooms. The Art on Campus Collection and Program, formalized in 1980, includes acquisition, care and maintenance in addition to scholarship and educational programming. Art on Campus is part of the collective entities of University Museums that also includes the Brunnier Art Museum, Christian Petersen Art Museum, Farm House Museum and Anderson Sculpture Garden.