The ISU Design on Main Gallery (203 Main Street, Ames, Iowa) hosts various exhibitions throughout the year. The gallery's mission is to "strengthen creative connections between Iowa State University and the Ames community through arts education and artist-led projects," according to Extension Community Art Specialist and Assistant Professor, Jennifer Drinkwater.
The gallery, located in the Main Street Cultural District in downtown Ames, recently highlighted Matthew Merritt's digital drawing artwork. His exhibit, “01100100 01110010 01100001 01110111 01101110,” featured 20 framed artworks, 12 tote bags and a rug. In his artist’s statement, Merritt says he draws multiple “templates” that he then brings together to “carve out” a picture.
To select the work that will be on display at the gallery, staff members host a yearly call for exhibition proposals to Iowa artists. Merritt's proposal was selected from a jury of local artists and community members, says Drinkwater.
The ISU Design on Main Gallery is always looking for new ways to support the Ames community, so if you have an idea for an event or an exhibition, be sure to let them know! Follow the gallery on Facebook and Instagram, check out their website or make a visit during their open hours (Wednesday 2 - 5 p.m., Thursday 2 - 7 p.m., Saturday 2 - 5 p.m. and Sunday 2 - 5 p.m.)