ISU's Gallery 181 to host exhibition of College of Design student work done in Rome

AMES, Iowa -- An exhibition showcasing the work of 67 Iowa State University students who participated in the College of Design's study program in Rome last fall will be on display March 7 - 11 in Gallery 181, first floor, College of Design.

"ROMA: Tutto Posto" will include mixed media, painting, photography, corporate identity and packaging design projects, and conceptual designs for interior spaces. The work was created by students in graphic design, interior design and integrated studio arts under the guidance of Iowa State faculty members C. Arthur Croyle, Paula Curran and Brenda Jones, all associate professors of art and design; and Rome resident instructors Pia Schneider and Sonya Roberts, interior design; and Paolo Soriani and Severine Queyras, photography.

During the semester in Rome, ISU students study the same broad concepts and topics as students who stay on campus, but their projects and assignments focus directly on experiences, activities or elements that are uniquely Italian. The exhibition reflects work that incorporates the context and influences the students were immersed in during the semester.

Special exhibition events on Tuesday, March 8:

  • Opening reception in the gallery from 5 to 7 p.m.
  • Patricia Osmond de Martino, associate director of the College of Design Rome Program, will present "Meet the Cenci: A Virtual Tour of Our New Palace in Rome," featuring the college's new facilities in the Palazzo Cenci, in the gallery at 7 p.m.
  • A panel discussion, "The New EUtopia: The European Vision vs. The American Dream," at 7:30 p.m. in Kocimski Auditorium, College of Design. Panelists will include de Martino; Kevin Amidon, assistant professor of German; and John Monroe, assistant professor of history. The discussion will be moderated by Michael Bailey, also an assistant professor of history.

All events are open to the public free of charge. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.