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Ames Is 150

Ames C.art, the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Ames and the Ames Historical Society have organized the exhibition “Ames Is 150: His Story, Her Story, Our Story” in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the founding of Ames, Iowa. The exhibition was hosted at the Gallery in the Round at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Ames, 1015 N. Hyland Ave., Ames, IA 50014 from December 13th, 2014 until January 24th, 2015. The opening reception for the exhibition was held on December 13th, 2014, between 5 and 7pm.

The exhibition had two parts. For the first part, visual artists were invited to submit works that explore or engage with the history of Ames, or depict historic events and structures in our city (the original call for entries can be seen here, or as a PDF File). The Ames Historical Society provided free access to their archives to any artist interested in researching a particular subject. In the end, 10 pieces from 7 different artists were chosen from all the submissions.

The second part of the exhibition consists of historic artworks by important Ames artists and collectives. These works are from the archives of the Ames Historical Society and the personal archives of Ursula Ruedenberg and Jane Graham. They are accompanied by information panels explaining their historic significance.

The catalog of the exhibition can be viewed here as a PDF file. Below you can also see all the works in the exhibition.