Iowa Heritage Digital Collections
State Library of Iowa

Old Capitol

Old Capitol


Old Capitol


An Iowan since 1972, Suzanne B. Aunan is a self-taught artist who has enjoyed painting as far back as she can remember. Born in New York City, she grew up on a dairy farm in upstate New York. Suzanne attended the University of Iowa, majoring in Medical Technology and later graduated from the Physician Assistant Program.… She worked as a P.A. at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, and was also a full-time mother of four.… Now with all her children in school, she is enjoying a career as an artist. Suzanne paints detailed compositions using acrylic, gouache and watercolors, sometimes adding pencil or ink pen.… Her work has been purchased by collectors world-wide.
About the artwork, Suzanne writes:"The Old Capitol is the center of life and activity at the University of Iowa.ÊBuilt in 1840, it acted as the State of Iowa capital until Iowa's government was moved to Des Moines in 1857, and the Old Capitol was given to the University of Iowa.ÊBuilt of Devonian limestone quarried from the Iowa River in North Liberty, along with native Iowa oak, the Old Capitol is also a beautiful monument." In this painting, Suzanne has shown the annual Easter egg hunt, dogs and their friends playing Frisbee, a proud family taking a photograph with their new Iowa graduate, picnickers, students heading to class, joggers, tuba players representing the annual December outdoor tuba concert, and the artist herself with her husband, Tom, sitting on the steps on their first date.


Aunan, Suzanne B.


University of Iowa. School of Art and Art History




Digital collection © The University of Iowa. All works are copyright the individual artist.


The Daily Palette Digital Collection
Visual Arts


acrylic, pencil, and ink on board


Still image
Acrylic paintings (Visual works); Acrylic painting (Technique); Graphite pencils; Ink