Gateway is proud to host artwork from local and regional artists throughout the facility. Additional information on each artist can be found below, and a gallery of their artwork is displayed at the bottom of the page.
King Au earned his bachelors (1981) and masters (1985) degree in architecture from Iowa State University. Au has a successful photography and design business, with clients in Iowa and beyond. His photographs are displayed in businesses, galleries and homes throughout the state.
A former professor of art at Westmar College in LeMars, Iowa, Gary Bowling is now an independent artist living and working in Lemar, Missouri. Bowling is best known for his realistic imagery inspired by Midwestern Landscapes. His paintings demonstrate an extraordinary range of effects, from the clear brilliance of an evening sunset to the varying hues of the early morning sky.
Barbara Brody was born and raised in the Chicago, Illinois area and currently lives in southern Pennsylvania. She is known for her contemporary paintings that depict sunlight, skies and landscapes. Her use of vibrant colors distinguishes her style. She has been quoted saying “Colors are like breakfast to me. I store them in my mind like others might do with words, films, books, schedules, etc.”
Allyn M Elkin received her Bachelor of General Studies from Iowa in 1988. She went on to earn her Master of Arts from Iowa in 1991 and her Master of Fine Arts from Minnesota in 1996. She is currently an adjunct assistant professor of art and art history.
Born and raised in Western New York, Embroli received his BA and MA in Art Education at State University of New York at Buffalo. His distinctive art is known for its rich surfaces created using various types of media, such as resin, pumice, oil paint and varnish. Embroli’s artwork has been exhibitied nationally and internationally in Seattle, Chicago, Naples, Miami, Geneva, Italy, Toronto and many other cities.
At Gateway Hotel and Conference Center, we take pride in the fact that we are the official hotel of Iowa State University. Our ISU display in the entrance lobby showcases an assortment of photographs, memorabilia and facts about the university. From their long-held traditions like campaniling and VEISHEA to the deafening crowd at Hilton Coliseum, you’re sure to learn about what it means to be a Cyclone.
John Jennings created this sculpture in 1978 as a Focus Grant project for Iowa State University’s VEISHEA celebration. In addition, Jennings sculpted several other pieces as Focus Grant projects, one of which is in front of the College of Design on the Iowa State University campus. He continues to create these sculptures and resides in Orlando, Florida with his family.
Mary Jane Lamberson earned her BA and MA from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Due to her struggle with diabetes, she experiences periods of visual difficulty. Although the disease keeps her from working consistently, it also motivates her to continue and perfect her work. Her sculptures have been exhibited around the United State, including the VSArts gallery in Washington D.C.
Mauricio Lasansky was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1914. He is one of the few modern artists who have limited their works almost exclusively to the graphic media. Because of his early contributes to the development of graphic techniques and his dedication to printmaking, Lasansky is considered a forerunner in the evolution of the graphic arts as a significant art form. The artist now lives and works at the Lasansky Gallery in Iowa City.
Richard (Dick) Leet is known for his dynamic water colorings that depict the Midwestern landscape and the relationship between the land and weather. He was born on September 11, 1936 in Waterloo, Iowa and received his BA from the University of Northern Iowa in 1958 and his MA in 1965. He was the founding director of the Charles H. MacNider Museum in Mason City, Iowa from 1965 to 2001.
Bill Luchsinger and his wife Karen Strohbeen, both graduates of Drake University in Des Moines, are widely known for their paintings, printmaking and sculpture. Over the past ten years, they have developed an innovative way to showcase their artwork on tiles, which requires a process called Dye Sublimation. With the introduction of their tile works, they have created a popular medium on which they can replicate their limited edition prints.
Priscilla Sage was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania in 1936. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Art Education from Pennsylvania State University in 1958. Sage went on to pursue graduate studies at Columbia University and Iowa State University, and received her Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture from Drake University in 1981. She is a former art and design professor at Iowa State University.
Steve Strickland was born in Seattle, Washington in 1948. After serving in the U.S. Navy during Vietnam, he studied graphics and design at Edmonds Community College in Washington. He is known for pioneering an innovative new style of serigraphs (silk-screen), combining the use of textures, paint, and photography. He works to unite technology with tradition, creating a new and unique artistic point of view.
Jan Vanderlinden is a native of Des Moines. She majored in art at Iowa State University and began painting and showing her watercolors in 1978. She enjoys capturing the beauty of the rural Midwest in her artwork, and often incorporates colors that are unexpected in landscape painting.
Ulfert Wilke was born in Bavaria, Germany in 1907 and immigrated to the United States in 1938. He is known for his exquisite calligraphic creations in watercolor, ink and acrylic. In addition to being an artist, he was also a teacher, art collector and founding director of the University of Iowa Art Museum.