Gallery of Art | University of Northern Iowa

Ukraine '22 Project by Scott Ross

September 29, 2023 to September 30, 2023

Photo of Scott Ross at Moberg Gallery in Des Moines

On February 24, 2022, the day Russia invaded Ukraine, Scott Charles Ross decided everyone needed to do their part to help Ukraine and its people. He immediately started sketching images he’d seen on online news outlets. His part would be to make art—to paint a series that would raise awareness and, potentially, funds.

He painted ten haunting black and white paintings and one red and white painting, which comprise Ukraine ’22 Project. These are portraits of devastation and figurative though literal absence and loss.


The University of Northern Iowa invites community members to welcome eight Ukrainian exchange students to the Cedar Valley with a new UNI Gallery of Art exhibition by Waterloo native and Des Moines artist Scott Ross. The event coincides with the start of UNI Family Weekend, which begins Friday, September 29.

Following Russiaʼs invasion of Ukraine in 2022, the exchange students in Iowa were unable to return home. The University of Northern Iowa was able to identify merit scholarships as well as contributions from local donors to help provide support to off-set some of the cost of tuition and fees. Even with scholarships, students need to cover costs including remaining tuition, books, and room and board. 

Join UNI President Mark Nook at an open house to hear from the students, view Ross' work and listen to remarks on the exhibition. Light refreshments will be served. 


UNI Gallery of Art

Kamerick Art Building

West 27th Street, Cedar Falls

Friday, September 29
4 - 6 p.m.


Following the start of the war, artist Scott Ross created a series of sketches to raise awareness and support. Ross has given significant financial and personal support to the students and “is interested in having the community learn more about the young Ukrainian exchange students who are stranded in the state of Iowa, due to the ravaging of their homes and displacement of their families to other countries.”

The exhibition will be on display at the UNI Gallery of Art through October 1, with special Gallery hours on Saturday, September 30 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The work will remain on display in the UNI Gallery of Art Showcases from October 19 through November 9. Following that, Ross’ works will be displayed at UNI’s Rod Library through February.