VRC Closing

May 9th, 2014

May 14 will be the last day that the VRC will be open, due to my retirement. My last day in the office will be May 14 and my official retirement date is June 30, 2014. I have been with the VRC and the College of Design off and on since 1984. It has been a wonderful opportunity. Thank you.

BTW, couldn’t resist this shot with my iPhone. Just for fun.


Taken from the north side of Hoover Hall, you can just see the College of Design peeking around Biorenewables.


Holiday Closing Note

December 12th, 2013

The VRC will be closed from

Friday December 13, 2013,


Monday January 20, 2014.

 Have a great winter break!


The VRC is Open!

October 28th, 2013

The curator is back in town and the VRC is open once again for business.

Out of the Office

October 17th, 2013

The VRC is closing for six days. We will be closed from Friday October 18 through Friday October 25,  reopening on Monday October 28.  I will be checking email regularly, if anyone needs to be in touch during my absence.

The Curator Is In

August 16th, 2013


I’m back from my summer “vacation” and the VRC is now open for Fall 2013. I will be adding courses to Plato’s Cave and new images to the database as well.

Questions, concerns, assistance needed? Please see me in Room 116, email to sapoague@iastate.edu, or call 294-8246.

I did some traveling this past summer and here’s one of many photos I took while I was away:

Eiffel Tower

Stay tuned…



Summer Closing Post

May 9th, 2013

The VRC will close on Monday May 13 for the summer due to Curator Susan Poague’s  phased retirement schedule. The VRC will re-open Friday August 16.

Have a great summer!!

Another VRC Closing Post

April 1st, 2013

The VRC is closing for four days while I attend a conference of the Visual Resources Association. We will be closed from Tuesday April 2 through Friday April 5, reopening on Monday April 8. I will be checking email regularly, if anyone needs to be in touch during my absence.

Spring Break Closing Note

March 8th, 2013

The VRC will be closed for an extended Spring break this year. We will be closed from Monday March 11 through Friday March 22, reopening on Monday March 25. I will be checking email regularly, if anyone needs to be in touch during my absence.

Happy Spring Break!

15 Years of AIA Iowa on Plato’s Cave

February 13th, 2013

In 2009 the VRC was given the opportunity to scan and make available to the ISU community slides and digital images submitted by Iowa architects and architectural firms to AIA Iowa’s annual Excellence in Design and Excellence in Craft Awards program. Now, almost four years later, we have on Plato’s Cave 3,235 images, 15 years of submissions documenting the best buildings from Iowa’s architects.

Years covered in this collection are: 1990-1992, 1995-2004, and 2006-2007. We have more scanning yet to do, but as a body of work, this group represents a significant contribution to the College of Design’s Plato’s Cave image collection. This collection is a great resource, not only for the beautiful images of award winning architecture, but also for the depth of talent and accomplishment that can be found throughout the state of Iowa.

To find this collection using a key word search, click on Advanced Search in the upper right hand corner of Plato’s Cave. In the drop down box labeled Field, find and click on Keywords. In the Qualifier box find and click on Equal to, and in the Criteria box type “AIA Iowa”.  Click on Continue.

Here are some sample images:

Principle Financial Group Pleasant Park & Subway Passage, Brooks Borg Skiles Architecture Engineering

Bettendorf Public Library Information Center, Brown Healey Stone & Sauer


Hotel Vetro, Neumann Monson

Finkbine Mansion Restoration, Herbert Lewis Kruse Blunck Architecture


New! Remastered African Collection in the VRC

January 30th, 2013

A nearly year-long project in the VRC is now finishing up: rescanning and updating the catalog system for our African images collection. Over 2,000 slides have now been re-digitized and the catalog records have been edited for accuracy and accessibility. Images of objects ranging in age from Prehistoric to Ancient to modern times are included here, as well as our group of contemporary art and architecture.

Interested in African masks? Enter the search terms “African masks” in the search line, check “All words” and click “Find”. Here’s is a sample from your search results:

Obalufon Mask. Ancient Nigerian, Ife

Or , interested in African staffs, or walking sticks? Enter “African staffs” in your search box, check “All words” and click “Find”.  Here’s a sample of your new results:

Staff from Zaire, Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, Luba

Looking for examples of local, traditional housing? Use the search terms “African housing” and here’s an image from that search results:

Rural Ndebele Homestead

You may want to narrow your search to a specific location or cultural group. Using the Advanced Search will enable you to do just that. Discover the African Collection soon!