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Julie Chang’s “Vibrant Matter” exhibition is on view at the Christian Petersen Art Museum at Morrill Hall.



The Art on Campus Collection at Iowa State features a wide variety of artists who aim to represent our school’s heritage, scholarship, and visual identity through their works. Julie W. Chang first contributed to this public art collection in 2012. Chang’s exhibition, “Vibrant Matter”, is currently on view at the Christian Petersen Art Museum at Morrill Hall.

“You can expect to see a gallery that shows the progression of his work over the years,” said museum curator Sydney Marshall. “You really will be able to see lots of different colorful artwork that has lots of different layered symbols that speak to the artist’s personal identity and experience, but will definitely resonate with everyone.”

“Vibrant Matter” consists of four series of works created over the past decade. Chang uses acrylic, inkjet, screen printing and acrylic luster to encourage conversation about cultural identity and the systems that shape us. A variety of symbols are combined and layered to create new meanings and patterns in these bold pieces.

Chang is also the artist of the terrazzo floor installation, “All the Way Home”, featured on the first floor of Curtiss Hall.

“By layering commonly understood symbols for agricultural plant and animal life with more abstract symbols for renewable energy and the work of the agricultural college, the installation invites visitors to a deeper examination,” Marshall wrote.

Chang grew up in Orange County, California as the daughter of two immigrants. She attended Stanford University, Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. Chang is now based in San Francisco and has artwork featured around the world.

Chang will host a keynote in Morrill Hall Auditorium from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on February 9 to discuss his work as a public and studio artist.

“Vibrant Matter” will be on display until July. The Christian Petersen Art Museum is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and admission is free.

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