Iowa Board of Regents gives final approval and authorization for new Museum of Art building


The University of Iowa Museum of Art is pleased to announce that the Iowa Board of Regents has given final approval and authorization to proceed with construction of a new Museum of Art building.

For almost a decade museum staff members have been holding small exhibits in two modest rooms on the 3rd floor of the IMU and at the Figge Art Museum in Davenport.  At the same time they have been stewarding the lending of key elements of the university’s renowned collection to excited audiences around the world.  For instance, more people at U.S. and European museums have seen Jackson Pollock’s seminal painting Mural over the past 3 years than have crowded into Kinnick stadium for football games during the past 3 seasons.  When the new museum replaces a small parking lot on the south side of the university library, the Pollock will return and be displayed alongside pioneering works by other 20th Century modernists from Braque, Picasso, Matisse, Miró, and Chagall to Grant Wood, Joan Mitchell, Robert Arneson, Stuart Davis, and Mark Rothko.  Also featured will be a premier African arts collection, splendid examples of ancient and contemporary art from Asia, and imaginative textiles, wood carvings, and ceramics made by indigenous peoples throughout the Americas.  The University of Iowa is an arts-centric institution.  Symbolized by the university’s long-standing support of the Writers Workshop and International Writing Program, and its recent investment in four architecturally acclaimed venues for the performing arts, art history, studio arts, and music, the commitment to build a new museum for a wondrous art collection underscores Iowa City’s case to be considered a Capital of Heartland Culture.

—Jim Leach, Interim Director UIMA

UIMA is excited to arrive at this important juncture and we are grateful to everyone who made it possible.  

The new building will be built above the small parking lot near the UI Main Library, between Gibson Square park and the railroad tracks.

Southwest view (from Burlington Street)

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East view (from Gibson Square Park)

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