Discover Ames

Discover art in Ames

September 21, 2022

Ames itself, with its picturesque scenery and beautiful, historic charm, is an artistic town at heart — and that includes supporting the arts! Check out these upcoming special events and some places in town to discover the work of Ames artists year-round.

Octagon Center for the Arts

Octagon Center for the Arts is a non-profit community art center in downtown Ames offering a free community gallery and a shop featuring the work of local artists. It’s also the organization behind the annual Octagon Art Festival!


Brunnier Art Museum

The Brunnier Art Museum is a one-of-a-kind gallery located in the Scheman Building in the Iowa State Center complex. In the Brunnier Collection, you can view magnificent works in historic mediums such as glass, ivory, jade, enamel, and even dolls! Featuring both permanent and visiting collections, the Brunnier Art Museum acts as a unique and visually stunning space for lectures, receptions and conferences.



Anderson Sculpture Garden 

Skirting the outside of historic Morrill Hall on the Iowa State University campus, the Elizabeth and Byron Anderson Sculpture Garden features works of primarily American 20th and 21st century sculpture. Adorned with vibrant greenery and exquisite perennials, this courtyard-like art experience immerses you in the diversity of modern and contemporary sculpture in a serene, natural environment.


Christian Petersen Art Museum

Named after the nation’s first permanent campus artist-in-residence and former Iowa State educator, the Christian Petersen Art Museum features a permanent collection of works by Petersen himself as well as a rotating schedule of diverse and educational exhibitions. The Christian Petersen Art Museum features two main galleries, the Lyle and Nancy Campbell Art Gallery and the Roy and Bobbi Reiman Public Art Studio Gallery.


Ciccotti Art Glass

Located just outside of Ames, this beautiful gallery of glassware is open to the public. In addition to the wide range of work, Ciccotti offers open house demonstrations and opportunities to blow your own glass!


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