Brunnier Museum brings Ellen Wagener exhibit


The exhibition “Ever Changing Land: The Art of Ellen Wagener” is now open at Brunnier Art Museum, 295 Scheman Bldg. On Feb. 6 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., meet the artist and view the newly installed exhibition. Wagener’s pastels perfectly capture the beauty of Iowa’s rural landscape, in both moments of peace and natural catastrophe. This free exhibition will run through July 31.

The Iowa landscape has been a constant source of inspiration for the artist Wagner. Those unbroken vistas of rural fields and farmlands native to Iowa have been her muse throughout her career and she has won accolades for the accuracy of beauty and her depictions.

“Landscape painting is a method that expresses my inner response to and reverent feelings for nature,” said Wagener.

Wagner’s landscapes display a great reverence for nature and a passion for the rural lifestyle that is quickly disappearing throughout many of the Midwestern states. She appreciates the life that is made by the land and the hard work that is needed to endure and has that same passion and work ethic in her own artistic production. Her scenes encompass all that is stunning about the Iowa landscape, from the subtle colorations of the field, to the immense sky with its ever changing cloud formations. While life has taken her beyond Iowa, she always returns home in her art.

A native Iowan, Wagener was born in Maquoketa and raised in DeWitt. She attended Marycrest University as well as the University of Iowa. In 1989 she attended BFA, Corcoran School of Art in Washington, D.C. for honors. Today Wagener is nationally recognized artist. Wagener’s work was first exhibited by the Brunnier Art Museum when she was just a teenager through a community exhibition with 4-H.

“The 30″ x 40” pastel was a winter “interpretation” of a Currier and Ives card. I won a big prize at the state fair and the show was the winners of the fair. I saw my future in this show at the Brunnier Art Museum,” Wagener said.

Her first forays into the art were achieved through Iowa State University’s enduring support of the community and would set her on the path to becoming an outstanding artist. As the Brunnier Art Museum has grown into a significant art institution and Wagener has become a nationally recognized artist, the partnership has continued to grow. Wagener is a remarkable Iowa artist whose belief in the beauty of the land is translated onto her canvasses. Her art is familiar while also exceptionally beautiful and created with extreme skill.

Join art enthusiasts at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 6 to meet the artist and tour the exhibition in Brunnier Art Museum, 295 Scheman Building, Iowa State University campus, Ames. Light refreshments will be provided. This event is free and no RSVP is required.