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Work by ISU College of Design students, faculty and alumni accepted into Octagon's national juried exhibition

January 19, 2015

"Ocotillo Cactus" (relief woodcut print) by integrated visual arts graduate student Alexis Dwyer.
"Hank" (fabricated steel, brass, silver, chased portrait) by art and visual culture associate professor Joe Muench. Photo by Insight Photography.
"House 0540" (ceramic, wood) by integrated visual arts alumnus Jon Kamrath.


AMES, Iowa — Eighteen students, faculty members and alumni of the Iowa State University College of Design have had work accepted into the "47th Clay, Fiber, Paper, Glass, Metal, Wood" national juried exhibition, Jan. 23 through April 4 at the Octagon Center for the Arts in Ames.

An opening reception, including presentation of awards, will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23, in the Octagon's Main Gallery. The show was juried by Paulina Verbeek-Cowart, professor and chair of the fiber department at the Kansas City Art Institute.

Accepted artists affiliated with Iowa State include:


  • Maddy Baker, West Des Moines, senior, graphic design
  • Alexis Dwyer, Columbia, Mo., graduate student, integrated visual arts
  • Sodam Lee, Seoul, South Korea, graduate student, integrated visual arts
  • Carly Ludwig, Carroll, sophomore, integrated studio arts


  • BOKA (April Katz, professor, and JoAnn Boehmer, retired senior lecturer, art and visual culture)
  • Carol Faber, associate professor, graphic design
  • Chris Martin, associate professor, art and visual culture
  • Joe Muench, associate professor, art and visual culture
  • Nancy Thompson, lecturer, art and visual culture


  • Art Ciccotti, Ames (BFA 1987 Art Education)
  • Meghan Flynn, Marinette, Wis. (BFA 2011 Integrated Studio Arts)
  • Jean Hagert Dow, Ames (BS 1971 Art Education)
  • Jon Kamrath, Excelsior, Minn. (MFA 2008 Integrated Visual Arts)
  • Madeline Mitchell, Waukee (BFA 2014 Integrated Studio Arts)
  • Nick Muhlbauer, Halbur (BFA 2013 Integrated Studio Arts)
  • Molly Nagel, Story City (MFA 2013 Integrated Visual Arts)
  • Eric Rolek, Waukee (BFA 2014 Integrated Studio Arts)

The exhibition will feature 65 artworks selected from a pool of 323 entries by artists from across the United States. Media represented include drawing, painting, printmaking, digital and traditional photography, mixed media, glass, ceramic, textile and wood.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday (closed Sunday). Admission is free.

Naomi Friend, Octagon Center for the Arts, (515) 232-5331,
Heather Sauer, Design Communications, (515) 294-9289,