University Museums

Title: Do You Know What's Inside This Flower? George Washington Carver Mentors a Young Henry A. Wallace
Name: Dual Portrait
Date: 2015
Medium: Oil on panel
Country/Culture: American
Dimensions: 64 × 48 × 2 in. (162.6 × 121.9 × 5.1 cm)
Classification: Paintings
Credit Line: Commissioned by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and University Museums with funds generously provided by Jim and Marcia Henderson Borel (class of 1978). In the Art on Campus Collection, University Museums, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.
Location: Iowa State University, Curtiss Hall
Object Number: U2015.2
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The portrait, Do You Know What's Inside This Flower? George Washington Carver Mentors a Young Henry A. Wallace, features noted Iowa State alumni, famed botanist, and inventor George Washington Carver (c. 1860-1943) fostering what would be a life-long interest in agriculture for Henry A. Wallace (1888-1965). As a boy, Wallace accompanied Carver on nature walks, identifying the botanical structures of wild flowers and prairie grasses. Carver left Ames for the Tuskegee Institute when Wallace was eight, but his influence on Wallace was deep and lasting. Wallace went on to attend Iowa State College (now University) graduating in 1910 with a bachelor’s in animal husbandry. In 1926, Wallace founded the prosperous Hi-Bred Corn Company which would later become the internationally successful Pioneer Hi-Bred.

From Maquoketa, Iowa, artist Rose Frantzen, “has gained national and international acclaim for her oil paintings from life that bring contemporary perspectives to a traditional alla prima approach.” ( The work of art is featured in University Museums’ 40th anniversary exhibition 40/40 located in the Brunnier Art Museum, 295 Scheman Building, Iowa State Center, Ames, Iowa. Frantzen is a new artist to the Art on Campus Collection during this 40th year celebration. At the conclusion of 2015, the portrait will be installed in Curtiss Hall, home to the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.