First Artist-in-Residence


South of Mackay Hall

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"Christian Petersen was the first artist-in-residence at a university in the United States when he sculpted at Iowa State from 1934 through 1955. Petersen is becoming recognized as one of the best Regionalist sculptors in the nation. His 12 monumental landmark sculptures on campus include Marriage Ring and Joy. Petersen also created over 400 smaller studio pieces during his residency tenure at Iowa State."