AMES, Iowa — An exhibition exploring the uniqueness of migrant artists’ cultural identity and their social and cultural impact on society will be on display Nov. 12–Dec. 5 at the Iowa State University Design on Main Gallery, 203 Main St. in downtown Ames. A public reception will be from 5–7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14.

“Impact: Identity, Belonging and Migration” is curated by Sang Eun Lee, an Iowa State graduate student in graphic design from Seoul, South Korea, as part of her master of fine arts thesis. The show features work by Lee and 13 other international artists who came to the United States for education or to resettle. Artwork includes paintings, prints, sculpture, poetry, digital and video works.

“Art makes an impact on society and allows people from different backgrounds to transcend differences through image, sound and story. Bringing art together an exhibition enables people to experience the works together in communities, to respond and connect,” Lee said.

“Migration and art are essential elements to understand life, culture and creativity in current America. The ‘Impact’ exhibition addresses the importance of understanding the diversity that exists in our communities and celebrates our differences as they have become an integral part of our national identity.”

Participating artists

Kartika Budhwar, graduate student, English
Xin Chen (MFA 2017 Integrated Visual Arts), graduate student, industrial design
Hee Hun Cho
Luca Cruzat
Sandra de la Rosa
Raluca Iancu, assistant professor, art and visual culture (printmaking)
Wongjung Jung
Chintia Kirana
Hyomin Kwon
Ayako Kurimoto
Sang Eun Lee, graduate student, graphic design
Sodam Lee (MFA 2015 Integrated Visual Arts)
Jessi Ali Lin
Hiromi Okumura (MFA 2009 Integrated Visual Arts)

Gallery hours are 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m.–8 p.m. Thursday. The gallery is closed Sunday and Monday.


Sang Eun Lee, Graphic Design graduate student, sanglee@iastate.edu
Rachel Connell, Design on Main Gallery, (515) 291-0859, designonmain@iastate.edu
Heather Sauer, Design Communications, (515) 294-9289, hsauer@iastate.edu