University Museums

Title: Parks Library Bas Relief
Name: Art on Campus Ornamentation
Date: 1924
Dimensions: 63 × 112 in. (160 × 284.5 cm)
Classification: Architecture, Architectural Ornamentation and Elements
Credit Line: Comissioned by Iowa State College. In the Art on Campus Collection, University Museums, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.
Location: Iowa State University, Parks Library
Object Number: U2011.184ab
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In the upper corners of the east facade of the original Library building are two bas relief panels designed by Iowa-born sculptor Nellie Verne Walker (1874-1973). To complete the library commission Ms. Walker worked on scaffolding after the stones had been put in place in 1924. She was assisted in much of the actual carving by the Swiss-born sculptor J.G. Zimmerman, who was employed at the Midway Art Studio and had space in the same building in which Ms. Walker had her studio.

The south panel depicts the curriculum for men circa 1900: engineering, science, veterinary medicine, and agriculture.

The north panel depicts educational programs for women: art, home economics, and literature.