Upcoming Events

16 Pianos in Surround Sound

March 20 & 21 at 7:30 pm

Mexican-American composer Nathan Felix returns to Drake University to present his new immersive work titled 16 Pianos in Surround Sound in conjunction with the Drake Piano Program and the Anderson Gallery with two performances. This immersive composition will be performed in and around the Anderson Gallery allowing the audience to walk amongst the pianos and performers. The soundscape installation will also incorporate the experimental videos of Felix.

More details can be found here.


Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony for the 53rd Annual Juried Student Exhibition

Sunday, March 24, 1-3pm

Celebrate Art & Design students at the opening reception for the Annual Juried Student Exhibition. This year’s juror is Jill Wells, artist, advocate, mentor and alumni of the Drake Art & Design BFA program. Awards will be presented at 1:30 pm. Light refreshments will be served.


Past Events Available in Video

The Cadence of Life: An Immersive Opera by Nathan Felix

October 5, 2023

Inspired by the exhibition Freehand: Drawings and Prints by Judy Pfaff, this unique interdisciplinary collaboration saw Drake Opera Theatre and chamber music students perform the world premiere of a one act opera composed by Mexican-American composer Nathan Felix in the Anderson Gallery. Learn more about the project in this video also created by Felix.

Calling Out Race: Art and Activism Panel Discussion

Friday February 3, 2023, 5:30-7 pm, Turner Jazz Center

In conjunction with the exhibition A Thin But Powerful Difference: Race | Embodiment, a panel discussion was held to delve deeper into the issues of the exhibition with artists and community activists. Panelists included Ako Abdul-Samad, Betty Andrews, Phillip Chen, Patti Miller and Nate Young. The panel was be moderated by the Curator Dr. Lenore Metrick-Chen.

Watch the recording of the event here.

Vibrant Expressions Panel Discussion

Join the artists, Andrew Casto, Gyan Shrosbree, Jim Shrosbree, Aaron Tinder and Susan Chrysler White and curator Lilah Anderson as they talk about their work and the exhibition Vibrant Expressions.

Thursday, September 29 at 1 pm

Installation view of the exhibition Vibrant Expressions.

Artist Talk with Sean Downey

Artist Sean Downey discusses his work, process and practice in this artist talk at the Anderson Gallery at Drake University. The talk occurred on February 15, 2022 and was offered in conjunction with the exhibition Sean Downey: Two Hundred Percent of Life. More details about Sean Downey and his work can be found at www.seandowney.net.

Panel Discussion on Creativity and Augmented Reality

This panel discussion with experts from across disciplines explores the intersections of creativity and virtual/augmented reality technologies, human perception and the art in Sean Downey: Two Hundred Percent of Life. The panel includes Dr. Deborah Cronin, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Drake University, Sean Downey, artist and Associate Professor of Art at the Maharishi International University, and Dr. Martin Roth, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Drake University. Lilah Anderson, Anderson Gallery Exhibitions and Community Outreach Manager at Drake University, moderated. The panel was presented on February 24, 2022 in the Anderson Gallery, in conjunction with the exhibition Sean Downey: Two Hundred Percent of Life.

Watch the recording here.

An augmented reality work on display in Sean Downey: Two Hundred Percent of Life.