FIRST FRIDAY // Mesophases with Iowa State

Posted on Apr 24, 2019 in MAINFRAME News

FRIDAY, MAY 3 // 5-8PM // Students of Iowa State University College of Design reveal their large-scale art installations in the atrium entrance of Mainframe Studios. Twenty-two students from seven departments, have been charged with the task of creating sculptural structures out of textiles and plaster to present the notion of space in transition.

The “Mesophases” project serves as a billboard announcing that the Mainframe Studios is reinhabited and revitalized by its creative occupants. By working with a variety of competing materials – plaster and textiles, new and old, surfaces and objects, rigid and soft – the project demonstrates how differences and oppositions can work in concert as a form of connectivity. The term mesophase is defined as the state of matter intermediate between liquid and solid. 

Fun Fact // Mainframe Studios and ISU College of Design were both designed by architect Charles “Chick” Herbert.

As is common with First Fridays at Mainframe, there is always more to explore. Visitors can also enjoy:

  • “Formworks” // A fourth floor exhibit featuring works by ISU Formworks class students exploring interpretation of casting as a study in building techniques with Firat Erdim.
  • Artwork Give-Away // During First Friday, enter for a chance to win a free work by acclaimed photographer Mirza Kudic.
  • Music & Dancing // Explore the art of Latin dance with demonstrations by Salsa Des Moines and DJ Xan in the Big Room event space.
  • Food & Drink // The Tangerine Food Company serves delicious pop-up dinner options and refreshments for the whole family.
  • Studio Visits // Meet the many talented artists and arts-related nonprofits who open their doors during our First Friday events. We have 90 current tenants and 100 more on our waitlist!

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About Iowa State College of Design

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This collaboration was possible because the Iowa State University College of Design is one of the most comprehensive design colleges in the country: home to seven departments, fostering opportunities for unique multidisciplinary collaborations.

  • Architecture: Tyler Beers, Leray Chen, Alex DuToit, Eric Heckman, Ayla Hendrickson, Seth Jenkins, Nathaniel Jones, Jessie Laughridge, Brandon Lewis, Michael McKinney, Nate Sands, Ian Spadin, Casey White
  • Art & Visual Culture:Dan Nutt
  • Industrial Design: Claire Kilfoyl
  • Interdisciplinary Design: James Patterson
  • Interior Design:Shannon Burkle, Linsey Schminke, Katelyn Schmitt
  • Landscape Architecture: Riley Dunn, Charlie Rueb, Cassie Schilling


Shelby Doyle, Assistant Professor of Architecture, Iowa State University, 

Shelby Elizabeth Doyle, AIA is an Assistant Professor of Architecture at the Iowa State University College of Design where she cofounded the ISU Computation & Construction Lab. Her scholarship is broadly focused on the intersection of computation and construction and specifically on the role of digital craft as both a social and political project. Doyle was hired under the ISU President’s High Impact Hires Initiative to combine digital fabrication and design/build at Iowa State University. She holds a Master of Architecture degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Virginia. 

Olivia Valentine, Assistant Professor of Art & Visual Culture, Iowa State University, 

Olivia Valentine is an interdisciplinary visual artist working primarily in textile construction, drawing, and photography, and in collaboration with composers, architects, and designers. Olivia received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. Recent exhibitions include Museum of Arts and Design (New York), the Danish Royal Academy (Copenhagen), and The American Academy in Rome (Italy) and is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship for Installation Art in Turkey, The Founding President’s award from the Textile Society of America, and the Brandford/Elliott Award for excellence in Fiber Arts. She is an Assistant Professor of Art and Visual Culture at Iowa State University.