The University of Iowa Museum of Art The University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art
Iowa City, IA
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Exhibition: Building Community
Through 01/06/2019 (more information)
The University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art
150 N. Riverside Drive
100 OMA
Iowa City, IA 52242

Iowa Memorial Union
125 North Madison Street
Iowa City, IA 52242
Telephone: 319.335.1727
Fax: 319.335.3677
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Email: uima@uiowa.edu


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10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday;
10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday;
12-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

After the June 2008 flooding of the SMA's former Riverside Drive home, the building was deemed unsuitable for the return of artwork. However, the SMA collection was saved, and through the use of temporary facilities and creative outreach, the Museum continues to offer the invaluable experience of art to the University, the community, the state of Iowa, and beyond. We invite you to visit our temporary locations:

Iowa Memorial Union
125 North Madison Street, Iowa City, IA 52242

The UIMA@IMU, an on-campus visual classroom, features an expansive installation of art from the Museum's permanent collection. The display, located on the third floor of the Iowa Memorial Union in the Richey Ballroom, covers a range of locales and periods, including Africa, China, Japan, Tibet, and the Ancient Americas, as well as 20th-century European and American ceramics, conceptual art, and figurative art. In addition, the UIMA@IMU stores 250 prints, drawings, and photographs for a total of more than 500 available objects.

  • Admission to the SMA@IMU is free and open to the public.
  • Schedule an appointment for classes online today or call 319.335.3232.
  • Parking for the SMA@IMU is available in the IMU Parking Ramp on North Madison Street, located across the street from the IMU's east side, as well as at the meters in the small parking lot on the IMU's south side.

Old Museum of Art Building (administrative offices only) add
150 N. Riverside Drive, Iowa City, IA 52242
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Monday through Friday

  • Temporary UIMA administrative offices are located at the Old Museum of Art Building,
    150 N. Riverside Drive in Iowa City until a permanent museum is constructed.
  • Metered parking is available at the north, public entrance

Figge Art Museum
225 West Second St., Davenport, IA, 52801
Tuesday through Saturday 10 am-5 pm;
Thursdays 10 am-9 pm;
Sundays 12-5 pm

The Figge Art Museum in Davenport, located approximately one hour east of Iowa City, graciously offered the UI Stanley Museum of Art gallery space and storage of its permanent collection after the 2008 flood prevented the Museum from returning to its former Riverside Drive building. SMA-organized exhibitions will periodically be on display at the Figge Art Museum, including the ongoing Legacies for Iowa, which includes major works from the Stanley Museum of Art’s collection.

University of Iowa students, faculty and staff receive free admission to the Figge with their UI ID cards; Stanley members get in free with their UIMA Membership Cards. Please visit the Figge Art Museum's website for more visitor's information..

The University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art (formerly the University of Iowa Museum of Art), established in 1969, has one of the top university art collections in the country. Approximately 15,500 objects constitute diverse collections that include paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, photographs, ceramics, textiles, jade, and silver. The Elliott Collection includes paintings by Braque, De Chirico, Kandinsky, Léger, Marc, Matisse, Picasso, and Vlaminck, among others. The Stanley Collection of African Art is part of one of the most significant collections of African art in the country which today numbers almost 2,000 objects. Other significant areas of the collections include nearly 5,300 prints spanning the history of Western printmaking, several hundred ceramics (primarily American studio ceramics), Pre-Columbian objects as well as small but superb groups of ancient Etruscan and Roman art, and Native American ledger drawings. Two of the most well-known works in the collections were given to the Museum by the School of Art and Art History: Max Beckmann’s triptych, Karneval, purchased by the faculty in 1946, and Jackson Pollock’s Mural, painted in 1943 for Peggy Guggenheim which she gave to the School in 1951.

Since its inception the UISMA has enjoyed a close working relationship with the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History and for several decades has sponsored the annual MFA show as well as the faculty exhibitions. Faculty from the SAAH and elsewhere, and graduate students on campus have curated shows at the Museum that are closely linked with their research, courses, and seminars. The teaching mission of the UIMA embraces the curriculum of the University of Iowa and extends throughout the state.

After the flood of June 2008, the Museum building was permanently evacuated. The collections were moved out in time and today are temporarily located in the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, Iowa, fifty miles from Iowa City. The Museum’s dedicated spaces on campus include the "UIMA@IMU," a new 4,000-square-foot visual classroom in the Iowa Memorial Union that houses more than 500 works of art from the collections.

Through the use of temporary facilities and creative outreach, the Museum continues to offer the invaluable experience of art to the University, the community, the state of Iowa, and beyond. The Stanley remains steadfast in its mission despite losing its permanent facility and continues to:

  • Build and preserve its remarkable art collection
  • Present ground-breaking exhibitions
  • Offer K-12 programming for thousands of Iowa students each year
  • Create opportunities for UI art students and faculty, including access to works from the UIMA collection
  • Provide free community programming including openings, lectures, and readings

As part of its historic dedication to the Fine Arts, the University is committed to building an architecturally significant new Museum building to replace the building flooded in 2008. This new building is part of the re-envisioning of the arts on campus. The new building will house the Museum’s world-class collections and will provide classrooms and labs as a mode of integrating the Museum with the study of the visual arts and the academic mission of the University. Plans for a new, permanent home are underway and public opening is anticipated for 2021.

  • European Art 1900-1970
  • A selection of works in the museum's collection of European Art from 1900-1970 is now on view at the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, Iowa.
  • American Art 1900-1970
  • Contemporary Painting and Sculpture
  • African Art
  • Works on Paper before 1900
  • European and American Prints, Drawings, Photographs 1900-1970
  • Arts of the Ancient Americas and Native America
  • Ceramics and Metal Work
  • A selection of ceramics from the UIMA permanent collection is now on view at the UIMA@IMU, a temporary, on-campus visual classroom located in the Iowa Memorial Union's third-floor Richey Ballroom.


Building Community
Through January 6, 2019
(more information)


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