2023-2024 Season

Exquisite Anatomy

Thesis Exhibition of Lily Bassett, Esme Belmond, Jack Burns, Grace Flammang, Kathleen Menjivar and Ryan Pont

April 20 – May 2

53rd Annual Juried Student Exhibition

March 24-April 14, 2024

A showcase of the talented students of the Drake Art & Design program, this competitive juried exhibition highlights student work of various medias. Awards are given by the juror in various categories. This year’s juror is Jill Wells, BFA, CACD, Drake Art + Design Alum, Artist I Advocate | Mentor.

What the Night Tells Us: Duane Slick and Martin Smick

Oct 27- Dec 15, 2023

What the Night Tells us is the most recent collaborative project by Duane Slick and Martin Smick since 2018. The exhibition presents the themes of motion and duration as constant and inevitable forces as evidenced in the duration of night and in the movement of water. The exhibition features the presence of the indigenous trickster Coyote who hovers within the framework of Martin Smick’s screen paintings of water. A visage who seems to presage the statement by poet Elizabeth Woody, “There is no myth, only prophecy is left.”

Duane Slick and Martin Smick present a site specific installation at the Anderson Gallery. Duane Slick is an artist of Native American descent, the Meskwaki Nation of Iowa and the Ho-Chunk Nation of Nebraska. His acrylic paintings blend the subjects of oral and visual Native American traditions with a focus on trickster strategies and modernist/post-modernist painting histories. Martin Smick is an artist who has been living and working in Rhode Island since 2007 and has taught in the Painting Department at Rhode Island School of Design since 2013. Both artists have exhibited nationally and have collaborated on two previous exhibitions. As collaborators, Slick and Smick are conscious of their respective cultural identities and have been able to create exhibitions that engage in issues surrounding Native culture. This exhibition is supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Freehand: Drawings and Prints by Judy Pfaff

Sept 7-Oct 15, 2023

The Anderson Gallery is pleased to show the work of Judy Pfaff, an internationally recognized artist who is often cited as a pioneer of installation-art and contributor to the Pattern and Decoration Movement. The solo exhibition showcases over 50 drawings and prints. Freehand is supported by a grant from the Iowa Arts Council.

Installation view of Freehand. Photograph by Rich Sanders.

2022-2023 Season

The Ecclective

April 13- May 13, 2023

A Senior Thesis Show of Matt Butler, Micah Ferin, Anh Nguyen, Nicole Prancik and Chloe Safley

52nd Annual Juried Student Exhibition

March 5-April 2, 2023
This year’s Juror is Mia Laufer, Associate Curator at the Des Moines Art Center.

A Thin But Powerful Difference: Race | Embodiment

Curated by Dr. Lenore Metrick-Chen and the students of the Race & Art Curating Seminar

November 10, 2022-February 17, 2023

Through twelve extraordinary artworks, accompanied by rare historical artifacts, this exhibition confronts and explores issues of race and embodiment  in our nation, focusing on Iowa and Iowa’s racial history. 

Vibrant Expressions: Work by Andrew Casto, Gyan Shrosbree, James Shrosbree, Aaron Tinder and Susan Chrysler White

Curated by Lilah Anderson

September 8, 2022  – October 14, 2022

Opening Reception: September 8, 5-7 p.m. 

Vibrant Expressions is an exhibition that explores and celebrates color and materiality. Featuring artists working across the state of Iowa, the exhibition asks you to suspend your concern over what an artwork is about and instead that you dwell in the joy of all the possibilities.

Watch the panel discussion here

2021 – 2022 Season

Loom • Room • Harp
September 2 – October 15, 2021


is an installation that weaves together inside and outside, near and far, visible and invisible, artifacts of the past and actions in the present, through the space of the Anderson Gallery. This site-specific installation and series of performances taking place periodically from September 2 through October 15, 2021, is a collaboration between Fırat Erdim, Paula Matthusen, and Olivia Valentine.

The performances are accessible both in-person and online, via the loom-room-harp.space website and Sunship, the website of the Arts Letters & Numbers 2021 Venice Architecture Biennale Italian Virtual Pavilion at artslettersandnumbers.org. The performance schedule is available on these websites.

Throughout the course of the exhibition, the gallery contains dynamic visual and audio artifacts of the periodic performances. Together, these artifacts, performances, and other components of the installation seek to permeate interior with exterior, here with there, now with then.

  • Opening Reception: Thursday, September 2 from 5-7pm

Sean Downey: Two-Hundred Percent of Life

February 3 – March 11, 2022

Main Points, Sean Downey, 2021. Oil on canvas, 60 x 48 inches

Work-life and home-life; digital identity and analog existence; outer actions and inner experience—Sean Downey’s work explores the sometimes beautiful, sometimes manic, myriad ways that our various double-existences overlap and become convoluted. Downey builds digital worlds in virtual reality that are sourced from the physical world, and then spins these digital environments into visual sources for handmade paintings and sculptures. The work in Two-Hundred Percent of Life uses juxtaposing and overlapping images of interiors, exteriors, home, office, and studio as a visual metaphor for the confusion of thoughts, memories, anxieties, and daily encounters that seem to have become increasingly intermingled in recent years. “Two-hundred percent of life” acts simultaneously as an aspiration and an impossibility—a goal for profound self-actualization and an ever-present, anxiety-inducing productivity incantation of contempory.

More information about the artist can be found on his website.

Watch the Artist Talk here and the Panel Discussion on Creativity and Augmented Reality here.

Annual Juried Student Exhibition

March 27-April 5, 2022

Join us in this celebration and showcase of student art at Drake! The 51st Annual Juried Student Exhibition was juried by Mitchell Squire, multidisciplinary artist, curator and educator. The selected works are on display in the Anderson Gallery.


50th Annual Juried Student Exhibition

50th Annual Juried Student Exhibition Poster

It’s our 50th year of hosting a student exhibition, and there is a lot to celebrate! Because a lot of students are learning remotely this year, we don’t have physical works to showcase. We are adapting and hosting a virtual exhibition through Art Spaces that will allow you to move around a virtual gallery setting to experience the works. We will also host a digital, flippable catalog that will feature works by the students and highlight award winners. 

This year, 52 Drake students submitted 150 works. Our juror, Nikki Renee Anderson, selected 67 works by 35 Drake students to be included in the exhibition. Nikki Renee Anderson, a Drake Alum and Chicago-based artist and educator, had a tough job and seriously considered all the entries. She said, “The work in this show represents a collection of ideas that have impact and resonance within the context of Drake and the larger society.” We can’t wait for you to see it!

At 2pm on Sunday, March 7, 2021, we live-streamed the virtual opening. President Martin provided some opening remarks. We will also had the opportunity to hear from our juror, Nikki, and Provost Mattison and Dean Gerhard presented over $1500 in awards generously donated by family and friends of Thad Archie. Click on the button below to watch as we unveiled our virtual exhibition and announced student award winners.

2019-2020 Season

Women’s Rights Are Human Rights: International Posters on Gender-Based Inequality, Violence & Discrimination 

On exhibit at the Anderson Gallery at Drake University from September 5 – October 18, 2019.

Organized and curated by Elizabeth Resnick, Professor Emerita of Graphic Design, at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston. Co-sponsored by Drake’s Department of Art and Design and the Women’s and Gender Studies program.

Women’s Rights Are Human Rights: International Posters on Gender-based Inequality, Violence and Discrimination features posters created by both men and women to celebrate and acknowledge the vital role that all citizens should play in protecting and promoting human rights while challenging gender inequality and stereotypes, advancing sexual and reproductive rights, and protecting women and girls against brutality. These posters promote women’s empowerment and participation in society while challenging religious and cultural norms and patriarchal attitudes that subordinate, stigmatize or restrict women from achieving their fullest potential. In their collective visual voice, these posters are designed to jolt the viewer’s sense of collective responsibility to challenge prevailing attitudes toward gender inequality and discrimination, while provoking both a healthy discomfort and an empathetic response in the viewers.

All are welcome to attend related programming which has been coordinated by Dr. Melisa Klimaszewski, Professor of English and Chair of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program. This series features faculty from a range of disciplines who will share reaction to the exhibition and facilitate discussion. All events are free and open to the public.

  • Tuesday, September 24, 2019 from 4:00-5:00pm = Dr. Jill Allen, Psychology
  • Thursday, October 3, 2019 from 4:00-5:00pm = Dr. Maura Lyons, Art History
  • Monday, October 7, 2019 from 3:30-4:30pm = Dr. Maryann Huey, Mathematics
  • Thursday, October 10, 2019 from 5:00pm-6:15pm = Dr. Debra DeLaet and her class on Human Rights and World Politics.
  • Wednesday, October 16, 2019 from 5:00pm-6:15pm = Dr. Debra DeLaet and her class on Gender and War.


Visual Disobedience: Iowa Artists Dissent, Propose Actualize! 

On exhibit at the Anderson Gallery at Drake University from November 7, 2019 – February 16, 2020

Organized and curated by Lenore Metrick-Chen, Associate Professor of Art History and Visual Culture and sponsored by Drake’s Department of Art and Design.

The artists in Visual DisObedience respond to the current state of affairs in our culture. Their artworks are a form of concentrated awareness. The saying that “visual artists make the invisible visible” proves true in this exhibition: the artists allow us to see relationships between mandates handed down by our governing system and the results on human beings. Artworks included in the exhibitraise questions and propose new ideas, and at times they create desirable alternatives to present circumstances.

Issues about immigration, race, gender, capitalism, consumerism, militarization, systemic inequality, and artistic freedom are addressed by these Iowa artists: Miriam Alarcon Avila, Paul Brenin, Combat Paper: Drew Cameron & Zen Cohen, Phillip Chen, Tom Christison, David Dunlap, Mira Engler, John Fender, Donté K. Hayes, Serena Illuminati, Edward V. Kelley, Emily Newman, M. Ryan Noble, Mitchell Squire, Rob Stephens, and Taylor Yocom.

Special Event on Friday, February 14, 2020: Artist Talk with Donté K. Hayes, Phillip Chen and David Dunlap and moderated by Lenore Metrick-Chen.

Gallery Hours: January 7 – January 26, 2020: Open Noon-4pm Tuesday – Friday and by appointment on weekends and evenings. January 27 – February 14, 2020: Open Tuesday-Sunday 12:00-4:00pm and until 8:00pm on Thursdays. Closed Mondays and during university holidays. Also open by appointment by contacting andersongallery@drake.edu.


49th Annual Juried Student Exhibition

On exhibit at the Anderson Gallery at Drake University from March 8 – April 12, 2020

Juried by 2019 Iowa Artist Fellow, Rachel Merrill, and sponsored by Drake’s Department of Art and Design. Reception held on Sunday, March 8 from 1-3pm with awards announced at 2pm.

In Spring 2020, 37 Drake students submitted 95 works for review. After careful consideration, Rachel selected 43 pieces for exhibition and gave 10 works merit awards. Students included in this exhibition include: Kara Andreski, Samantha Barnes, Caroline Bushman, Hannah Cohen, Carissa Dannen, Nick Ellis, Amy Flieder, Caylee Gallagher, Sarah Ghaussy, Marissa Hernandez, Kendall Hunt, Madison Kelly, Alison Kuttler, Chloe Laizure, Courtney McCuddin, Ingrid McNeely, Ahn Nguyen, Bryan Ortiz, Carlye Patterson, Steve Peralta Cornejo, Molly Ruder, Kate Segler, Amelia Sims, Morgan Stuedemann, Liza Vinyon, Madison Willey and Anna Zimney.

The Nature of Things: BFA Exhibition of Caroline Bushman, Jordan DeFelice, Melissa McElin, Madison Frey and Lasha Stewart

Virtual from April 22 – May 31, 2020

2018-2019 Season

Richard Black Retrospective, Visual Worlds: “Nothing by Chance” 

September 7th to October 12th, 2018

See images on our Flickr page here.

Our Town: Reclaiming the Narrative

On exhibit at the Anderson Gallery from November 9, 2018 – February 20, 2019.

Curated by Lenore Metrick-Chen, Professor of Art and Cultural History and students in Professor Metrick-Chen’s “Black Americans and Photography” course.

Our Town: Reclaiming the Narrative centers on the idea of individual agency and how it can lead to social change. Agency pertains to our ability to choose our actions—or non-actions.  It is the foundation for all freedom. The exhibition celebrates the diverse works of people in Des Moines’s Black communities whose individual choices and agency has led them to civic engagement and social change.

Our Town can only offer a sampling of these acts of agency and everyday bravery in Des Moines. The exhibition features short video interviews of Dwana Bradley, whose initiative started the Des Moines magazine Urban Experience, Laural Clinton, advocate against racial profiling, Elaine Estes, former head of the Des Moines Public Library, who, as a Drake student at the age of 16, desegregated the women’s dorm; advocate and Drake alumna, Ayinde Ashford, third year student at Drake Law, Maleigha Williams and Bailey Mosely, senior students at Drake University and members of the Coalition of the Black Students. In addition, this exhibition will examine the work of Joeanne Cheatom, Katherine Bryson, both activists from the 1960s.

In tandem with the celebration of the 50-year history of breakfast clubs for children in Des Moines, initiated by the Black Panther’s Des Moines Chapter and continued by CFUM, the exhibition will feature a timeline examining the history of breakfast clubs and their impact in the community. The timeline will feature comments by present and former participants in the breakfast club, including commentary by Ako Abdul-Samad, Iowa State Representative since 2001, who was the Lieutenant of the Des Moines chapter.

The exhibition also houses a smaller exhibition which contains eight pairs of artworks. These pairings images address the reclamation of one’s agency, often turning images emblematic of oppression on their head.

48th Annual Juried Student Exhibition

Juried by Jared Ledesma, Curator at the Des Moines Art Center.

March 10 – April 7, 2019

Vehemence: A Virtual BFA Exhibition

Virtually on exhibit at the Anderson Gallery at Drake University from May 8 – May 14, 2019

Vehemence BFA Exhibition Announcement

Seven seniors in the Department of Art and Design have works and statements available for view. Their BFA Exhibition is a culmination of their art studies in the Department of Art and Design at Drake University. See new works by Marissa Hernandez, Ingrid McNeely, Carlye Patterson, Morgan Stuedemann, Ashley Wildman, Sarah Ghaussy and Lindsey Andrea.

2017 – 2018 Season

The 47th Annual Juried Student Exhibition

Paper is Part of the Picture: Contemporary Paper and Book Arts                                                                                                             Curated by Sarah McCoy

Mies|Weese at Drake: Where we Live and Work                                                                                                                                Curated by Maura Lyons

APPARATUS                                                                                                                                                                                                           Curated by Lenore Metrick-Chen

2016 – 2017 Season

BFA Exhibition: WIP                                                                                                             Featuring work by Justin Atterberg, Paul Brenin, Grace Lim, Bryan Nance, Jessica Podesmki                                                                                                                                         April 28 – May 12

46th Annual Juried Student Exhibition

Art3 – Faculty Art Exhibition

A Library for Babel, Buzz Spector

Beyond Patterns: Activism and Identity in Quilts                                                           Featuring work by Thomas Knauer
September 2 – September 30, 2016

2015 – 2016 Season

BFA II: Ipseity
Featuring work by Jenna Boures, Brett Budzinski and Pamela Mulhern

BFA I: Reflective Distinction
Featuring work by Betsy Hart, Rachael Kreski and Ryan Topete
April 8 – April 22, 2016

45th Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition
Juried by Matthew Harris, Iowa Arts Council
February 28 – March 25, 2016

Are We Global Yet? The Art and Politics of Public Space (including the virtual)
Curated by Lenore Metrick-Chen
November 13, 2015- February 23, 2016

Ideas at War: American Propaganda Posters from World War II
Curated by John Fender
September 11 – October 23, 2015

2014-2015 Season

Featuring work by Emma Croskrey, Maria Hanson, Katie Hanson, Lexi Ruskell and Claire Sedovic
May 1-15, 2015

BFA I: Anterospective
Featuring work by Riley Brady, Evelyn Tomer, Grace Carroll and Tori Carter
April 10-24, 2015

44th Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition Juried by Renee Meyer Ernst, assistant professor of art at St. Ambrose University
March 8 – April 2, 2015

Hybrid Expressionism: Explorations with Thomas Prinz A collaborative student exhibition held in conjunction with a workshop by Thomas Prinz
February 8 – February 20, 2015

Everyday Abstraction:
contemporary abstract painting
November 7, 2014 – Jan. 23, 2015
Catalog, with essay by Benjamin Gardner

whatever returns from oblivion (for Louise Glück)
Charles Matson Lume
September 5 – October 24, 2014
Catalog, with essay by Glenn Gordon

2013-2014 Season

43rd Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition Juried by Dr. Lesley Wright, Director, Faulconer Gallery at Grinnell College
March 9, 2014- April 4, 2014

The Great Make a two-week pop-up student exhibition
Feb. 7, 2014 – Feb. 21, 2014

Draw Your Weapons: Civil War Cartoons from Harper’s Weekly
Curated by Maura Lyons and students from the Curatorial Seminar
Nov. 7, 2013 – Jan. 24, 2014
Visit the exhibition website here, includes catalog essays by Maura Lyons and curatorial seminar students

The Material Aspect:
50 Years of Popular Music Packaging
Curated by John Fender, Professor of Art and Design, Drake University
Friday, Sept. 6 – Friday, Oct. 18, 2013
Catalog essay by John Fender, catalogs available free upon request

2012-2013 Season

42nd Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition
Juried by Gilbert Vicario
March 10- April 5, 2013

Jennifer Angus: Magpie Tendencies

Jan. 18 – Feb. 22, 2013
Catalog, with essays by Maura Lyons and Angela Battle
Artist Talk

Projecting Identity
Curated by Dr. Lenore Metrick-Chen and the Curating Seminar 2012
Friday, Nov. 9 – Friday, Dec. 14, 2012
Catalog, with essays by students from the curatorial seminar

my eyes are not shut: Photographs by Sandra Louise Dyas
September 7 – October 12, 2012
Catalog, with essay by Chris Offutt

2011-2012 Season

Immaterial Material: Work by Jim Shrosbree and David Hamlow
Aug. 26 – Sept 23, 2011
Catalog, with essay by Lenore Metrick-Chen

365: AIGA Annual Design Exhibition 31 Coordinated in conjunction with AIGA Iowa Chapter
Sept. 30 – Oct. 30, 2011

William Kentridge: Collaborations with Randy Hemminghaus, Master Printer
Nov. 11 – Dec. 16, 2011
Catalog, with essay by Lenore Metrick-Chen
Virtual Tour

Curated by Dr. Lenore Metrick-Chen
Jan 27 – Feb. 26, 2012
Catalog, OCCUPY footage

41st Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition Juried by Laurel Farrin, prof. of painting and drawing, University of Iowa
March 4 – March 30, 2012

BFA Exhibition: Verge
Work by Kjersten Lutz, Megan Pierce-Cramer, Jill Jaworski and Padraic O’Connell

BFA Exhibition: Working Room
Work by Tatiana Klusak, Haley Tatom, Stephanie Spitz, Nora Kreml and Ainsley Buh

2010-2011 Season

A Fork in the Road: The Time and the Place for Local Foods
Work by Hilary Williams
Aug. 27 – Sept. 26, 2010

The Mallea Project
Oct. 8 – Nov. 7, 2010

Imaging Others: Cultural Intersections in the Colonial Era Curated by Dr. Lenore Metrick-Chen
Nov 19 – Dec. 17, 2010
Catalog, with essay by Lenore Metrick-Chen and students of the curatorial seminar

Middle States
Work by Michael Wille, David Linneweh, Matt Pulford, Amanda Smith, Gregory Euclide and Kris Holmgren
Curated by Benjamin Gardner
Jan. 28 – Feb. 27, 2011
Catalog, with essay by Benjamin Gardner

40th Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition
Juried by Jonathan Muecke
March 6 – April 3, 2011

BFA Exhibition: Resonance

BFA Exhibition: Connection

2009-2010 Season

The Book in Time and Place
A Selection of Artists’ Books from the University of Iowa Libraries Special Collections and Drake University’s Cowles Library
Curated by Sarah McCoy
Sept. 11 – Oct. 9, 2009

To Know the Land: Scott Robert Hudson
Jan 29 – Feb. 26, 2010
Catalog, with conversion between Scott Robert Hudson and Amahia Mallea

39th Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition Juried by Jill Featherstone, Museum Education Director, Des Moines Art Center
March 7 – March 28, 2010

BFA Exhibition
April 2 – April 16, 2010

BFA Exhibition
Work by Michael Carbaugh, Meredith Gallivan, Ashley Machacek and Diane Pummill
April 23 – May 7, 2010

2008-2009 Season

America Imagines Chinese: 19th century American Trade Cards and the American Imagination
Curated by Dr. Lenore Metrick-Chen
Sept. 5 – Oct. 17, 2008

Building A Modern Campus: Eliel and Eero Saarinen at Drake University Curated by Dr. Maura Lyons
Nov. 7 – Dec. 19, 2008
Exhibition website, with essay my Maura Lyons

Faculty Exhibition: Angela Battle, Bejamin Gardner, Sarah McCoy, Ignatius Widiapradja and Connie Wilson
January 23 – Feb. 20, 2009

38th Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition
Juried by Bill Conger, artist and curator, University Galleries at Illinois State University
March 1 – March 27, 2009

BFA Exhibition: Art(official)
Work by Hannah Gebhart, Monica Brandli, Veronika Leszayova, Mackenzie Skul, Lauren Schnepf and Mistique Hecksel-Read
April 3 – April 17, 2009

BFA Exhibition: Handful
Work by Hunter Seuntjens, Anthony Bruce Roark, Nicole Werner, Kelly Donovan and Brenner Buckner
April 26 – May 8, 2009

2007-2008 Season

Selling the War: Posters of World War I Sept 7 – Oct. 12, 2007
Catalog, with essays by Lenore Metrick-Chen and Jack Lufkin

Evidence: Cindy Neuschwander and Janet DeCover
Oct. 26 – November 30, 2007

Woven Traditions: Central and West African Textiles Jan. 25 – Feb. 22, 2008

37th Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition
Juried by Ab Gratama, University of Iowa
March 2 – March 28, 2008

BFA Exhibition
April 4 – April 18, 2008

BFA Exhibition
April 27 – May 9, 2008

2006-2007 Season

Yoji Matsumura: Lost and Found
Sept. 7 – October 13, 2006

Jeremy Drummond: Everybody Knows this is Nowhere
Nov. 10 – Dec. 13, 2006

Text and Subtext: Sarah McCoy and Alex Lakin
Jan. 19 – Feb. 16, 2007

Cuba: Women Artists in the Revolution
Curated by John Torgerson
Jan. 26 – Feb. 16, 2007

36th Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition
Juried by Peter Feldstein, University of Iowa
Feb. 25 – March 26, 2006

BFA Exhibition
March 30 – April 13, 2007

BFA Exhibition
April 20 – May 5, 2007