Dimensions: 8 x 10 in. (20.3 x 25.4 cm)
Marks: Signed lower right corner, C. Ernst, 1999
Credit Line: Purchased with funds from the Iowa Art in State Buildings Program for the Administrative Services Building. In the Art on Campus Collection, Unviersity Museums, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.
Iowa State University, Administrative Services, Room 1923
Colleen Ernst has worked as a visual artist, an arts educator, and as an advocate for the arts in the state of Iowa. After graduating from Northwestern University with a degree in art history, she attended school in Iowa City and studied to receive a certification in elementary education. Currently, she works an arts educator, reaching out to over 400 students a week in the Iowa City public schools. It was during the time that she has taught children that she discovered that to be a better teacher of art, she must become an artist.
Ernst's previous work was devoted to creating sculptures out of found objects, such as old musical instruments, scrap material and other objects she found around her home. She now paints mostly on canvas, concentrating on color and fluidity, stating that, "There's just a pureness about color, directness. It's just a lot more 'down to it.'" Ernst's works of art can be found in cities such as Chicago, Minneapolis, St. Louis, Des Moines and Iowa City.