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Identity Exhibit: Art & Poetry by Iowa State Students

February 11 - March 6, 2024

Identiy Exhibit at the Iowa State Memorial Union

The Iowa State Memorial Union is hosting the Identity Exhibit, February 11 - March 6, 2024, in the Memorial Union Art Gallery. Hours are Monday-Friday from 11am to 4pm and Sunday from 1- 4pm. The opening reception will be held on Thursday, February 15 at 6pm. 

Identity is defined as the qualities, behaviors, and characteristics which classify an individual as a member of a certain group. Factors and conditions which define one’s identity can be one’s ethnic heritage, race, religion, language, or culture. These factors distinguish people from other groups and shape their understanding of who they are. Individuals can possess more than one identity due to changes and life experiences; social mobility, geographical location, and individual experiences can alter how people, and others, perceive themselves. Identity can also be affected by decision making, namely political and religious affiliations, a chosen group of friends or a community, or through adoption of certain fashions. 
How is identity shaped, formed, and expressed?
How can works of art help us understand our world and ourselves more fully?

The exhibit features 33 works of art and poetry by 22 students. Visual art was juried by Jenie Gao, an artist, creative director, and entrepreneur who runs an anti-gentrification arts business specializing in printmaking, public art, social practice and storytelling in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Poetry was chosen by Margaret LeMay, assistant professor of creative writing at Coe College and founding director of the Examined Life Conference and the Writing and Humanities Program at the Carver College of Medicine. 

The Memorial Union is located at 2229 Lincoln Way in Ames on the ISU campus, and paid parking is available in the ramp adjacent to the building. The Art Gallery is located on the 1st floor and has free admission. 

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