Museum Closure Alert

The Stanley Museum of Art will be temporarily closed for two weeks for reinstallation and routine building maintenance starting Thursday, July 11, 2024. We will reopen our doors to the public on Wednesday, July 24, 2024. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. In the meantime, follow us on social media or visit our website for the latest art news and updates.

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Visit

Our beautiful building is a cultural and social center where you can explore, unwind, meet, and create. Everyone is welcome.

Plan Your Visit
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Explore

Spark your curiosity with something new or stop by and see your old favorites.                                                                                                                                  

Collections
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Discover

The world-class art collection provides exciting opportunities for teaching, learning, and research.                                                                            

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Connect

There’s always something exciting going on at your art museum. Find out what’s coming up on the calendar.

Engage

Gallery Hours

Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Thursday: 10 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m.–​​​​​​​4:30 p.m.​​​​​​​
Sunday: 12:00–4:30 p.m.

Admission to the museum building will end 5 minutes before gallery closing.

Office Hours

Monday: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Tuesday: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Wednesday: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Thursday: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

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To My Friends at Horn: Keith Haring and Iowa City

May 4, 2024 - January 7, 2025

Inaugurated on Keith Haring’s (1958–1990) birthday, this exhibition celebrates the revolutionary graffiti artist's ties to Iowa City. It also honors the many individuals who shaped his visits to Iowa City during the 1980s. The 1989 mural Haring painted for Ernest Horn Elementary School, which is on loan to the Stanley Museum of Art during the school’s renovation, anchors the exhibition and is accompanied by other works of art, photographs, and archival ephemera.

Print "Copyist at the Metropolitan" by John Sloan

A Year in Print

March 1, 2024 - December 2024

This exhibition will feature Twelve Prints by Contemporary American Artists, a portfolio recently gifted to the Stanley by collectors Alan and Ann January. 

Text reading "Coming Home Coming Home" side by side with the left part of a large abstract painting with swirls of yellow, pink, teal, and light greenish blue, amid longer, vertical, curved black lines that have a quality of dance-like movement.

Homecoming

August 26, 2022–July 2025

The Stanley's inaugural exhibition, Homecoming,  reintroduces visitors to the museum's extraordinary collection. Homecoming comprises a series of related installations: “Generations,” which will foreground the University of Iowa’s history of innovative arts education and scholarship; “Fragments of the Canon,” featuring African art collected by a Black Iowan, Meredith Saunders; and “History Is Always Now,” in which the Stanley’s celebrated collection of African art will be displayed in a new way that emphasizes movement and cultural exchange through time and across space.

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The Building

Nestled between the Main Library and Campus Recreation and Wellness Center on the west side of Gibson Square Park, the new Stanley Museum of Art is a hub of learning and research for the University of Iowa and the state. The three-story, state-of-the-art building, designed by BNIM of Des Moines, Iowa, includes a range of flexible spaces for research, education, and exhibitions, and is ideally suited to serve as a center for interdisciplinary teaching, discovery, and community building.

Upcoming Events

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First Stop at the Stanley

Friday, June 7, 2024 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Stanley Museum of Art
The Iowa City Gallery Walk is back this summer and once again begins at the Stanley! Kick start the Gallery Walk at the Stanley Museum of Art and experience the newest Keith Haring exhibition! Enjoy snacks, a cash bar, and music performed by Melanie Landsittel in the lobby. To My Friends at Horn: Keith Haring and Iowa City celebrates Keith Haring's legacy and honors the many individuals who shaped his visits to Iowa City during the 1980s. It features the mural Haring painted in 1989 for Ernest...
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Art & Write Night

Friday, June 7, 2024 6:00pm to 8:00pm
University of Iowa Museum of Natural History
Join the long, rich, historical tradition of artists creating in our spaces. Professional, aspiring, and amateur artists alike, make our museum your muse. The return of this popular program series welcomes guests into the Museum of Natural History's magical gallery spaces after-hours to work on sketching or writing projects with other campus and community artists. Tell a friend, grab a notebook, and join us on the first Friday of each month. We'll provide a new inspo prompt for each session...
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Iowa Arts Festival | Art Making with the Stanley Museum of Art

Sunday, June 9, 2024 11:00am to 3:00pm
Pedestrian Mall, Downtown Iowa City
The Stanley Museum of Art will be at the 2024 Iowa Arts Festival! Stop by our stall on Sunday, June 9 for a day of family-friendly art-making activities and learn more about what the Stanley has to offer!  The Iowa Arts Festival is an award-winning, weekend-long community celebration and Iowa City tradition that celebrated 40 years in 2023. The event features over 100 local, regional and national visual artists in the Art Fair, and on Saturday and Sunday, we feature youth artists ages 16-25 in...
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Student News

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Senior Capstone: CEC Alexis Belme

Wednesday, May 8, 2024
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Night at the Museum: Pizza & Paint

Monday, April 15, 2024
A screenshot of one of Abbie's 'hey, SMA!' project videos; featuring the hand-drawn 'hey, SMA!' logo on top of a blurred image of the rainbow colored mural in the Stanley lobby.

hey, SMA!

Tuesday, April 9, 2024
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Meet the Gallery Hosts 2023-24

Friday, March 22, 2024
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Social Justice Self-Guided Tour

Tuesday, February 6, 2024
two students working at the flower station. Alexis Belme the campus engagement coordinator is one the left and Georgia Corbin a gallery host is one the right

Night at the Museum: Date Night

Tuesday, February 6, 2024
A photo of Alexis, the Stanley's Campus Engagement Coordinator and the student in charge of the HBD event, posing in front of the tables with the cupcakes on them.

2023 Fall Semester Recap

Friday, December 8, 2023
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Night at the Museum: Bingo Queens

Friday, November 10, 2023
A photo of the Art of Voting event, showcasing the info table at the front of the event. At the table sits Campus Engage Coordinator Alexis Belme, who is smiling, prepared to greet event attendees as they walk through the museum's front doors.

Night at the Museum: The Art of Voting

Monday, September 18, 2023
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Monthly Meetup: November 10

Thursday, November 10, 2022
Another example of the event's crafts: Three votive candles (two orange and one purple) decorated with stickers, rhinestones, and markers, and then several pompom creatures with google eyes and other embellishments.

DIY Halloween Crafts

Monday, October 17, 2022
A photo of four students gathered around a folding table in the Stanley Museum of Art lobby. They are all in the midst of making crafts: cutting yarn to make pompoms and assembling Halloween garlands.

Monthly Meetup: October 13

Thursday, October 13, 2022
Students doing yoga in Gibson Square Park. The photo is taken from behind, with the Stanley Museum of Art visible in the background.

Monthly Meetup: September 8

Thursday, September 8, 2022
Eight tote bags fill the photograph--they are laid out along the floor to dry, all in different but similar shades and mixes of blue, green, and turquoise.

DIY Screenprinting

Sunday, September 4, 2022
A photograph of two Stanley tote bags, hand printed by the Stanley Campus Council, laid out on bright green grass. One is printed with a rainbow ink gradient, and the other with a gradient of reds and yellows. Both read "Stanley Museum of Art" beneath a stylized, drippy brushstroke motif.

September 1 Student Kickoff

Thursday, September 1, 2022

Press Coverage

Keith Haring posing with his mural at Horn Elementary School

Famous NYC artist had special Iowa link

Monday, May 6, 2024
People line up to enter the Stanley Museum of Art at its opening celebration at the University of Iowa on Friday, Aug. 26, 2022.

Premier Hospitality International: Stanley Museum of Art

Wednesday, February 21, 2024
Director Lauren Lessing speaks with the hosts of morning show, Everyday Iowa on KCRG-TV9

Everyday Iowa - Stanley Museum of Art

Wednesday, February 7, 2024
“Mural” (1943), by Jackson Pollock, Gift of Peggy Guggenheim, 1959.6. Photo taken on Aug. 23, 2022, by Jerod Ringwald.

Five things to do in Iowa City include an art gallery and a play

Wednesday, November 15, 2023
Schools Out event

Stanley Museum hosts ‘School’s Out’ series for K-12 students

Wednesday, November 15, 2023
Iowa City Artist Robert Caputo instructs a participant of the Drawing Salon at the Stanley Museum of Art on Sunday, Oct. 29, 2023.

Drawing Salon at the Stanley promotes relaxation and focus

Saturday, November 4, 2023
An installation shot of Nnenna Okore's installation "Spirit Dance" in the Stanley Museum of Art lightwell.

‘Spirit Dance’ at the Stanley is a full-body experience

Tuesday, August 1, 2023
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Iowa Nonprofit Alliance celebrates official launch in Iowa City

Wednesday, May 17, 2023
A screenshot of the article "New Perspectives: The Stanley Museum of Art, an Interview of Cory Gundlach by Jonathan Fogel."

New Perspectives - Interview with Cory Gundlach

Thursday, May 4, 2023
Instructor and Iowa City painter and sculptor Robert Caputo sketches live model Leisha Stanek during a community engagement Drawing Salon session Feb. 19 at the Stanley Museum of Art.

University of Iowa’s Stanley Museum of Art building on opening momentum

Sunday, February 26, 2023
A grey, rectangular building is seen at dusk. The first level lobby is lit from within.

Architectural Products: Form, Stanley Museum of Art, University of Iowa

Monday, February 13, 2023
A large abstract painting with swirls of yellow, pink, teal, and light greenish blue, amid longer, vertical, curved black lines that have a quality of dance-like movement.

Behind Stanley’s ‘Homecoming’

Thursday, January 19, 2023
Front of grey brick building, set behind a park with green space.

The Stanley Museum of Art: More than 'Mural'

Tuesday, January 10, 2023
Beatrice Casto, 9, of Iowa City, talks with her parents, Heidi Casto (left) and Andrew Casto while looking at Jackson Pollock’s masterpiece, “Mural,” during the opening weekend event at the Stanley Museum of Art on August 26, 2022. The Castos are art instructors at the University of Iowa art school and wanted to take their daughter to the opening of the museum. Photo by Savannah Blake, The Gazett

Stellar year for art in Eastern Iowa

Thursday, January 5, 2023
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Stanley Voted #1 Museum in the Crandic

Friday, December 9, 2022
Two red armchairs and a small table with flowers sit in front of a glass window with sunlight streaming in.

Go On a Date at the Stanley Museum of Art

Monday, October 31, 2022
Two women, seen from behind in a green room with wooden flooring, look at a large, pink, wooden fish sculpture.

An experts’ guide to Stanley Museum must-sees (besides ‘Mural’)

Tuesday, September 20, 2022
A three-story, grey brick building under construction

On the Right Side of History

Tuesday, September 6, 2022
The crowded steps of the Stanley Museum of Art on opening weekend.

DITV: Stanley Museum of Art Reopens To The Public

Friday, September 2, 2022
Houndmouth performs at the opening celebration for the Stanley Art Museum at the University of Iowa on Friday, August 26, 2022.

Rocking out at the Stanley Museum of Art

Saturday, August 27, 2022
A woman with a short skirt and ponytail walks in front of a large painting on the wall of a museum gallery

Sneak peek inside UI Stanley Museum of Art

Wednesday, August 24, 2022
An art gallery with a bronze bust in the foreground, a brightly colored, geometric painting on the right, and a person viewing a large multi-colored abstract painting in the background

A Fresh Look: The New Stanley Museum of Art

Wednesday, August 24, 2022
The Old Capitol building at the University of Iowa with a projected image of an abstract painting across the face of the building

New University of Iowa art museum building on legacy

Sunday, August 21, 2022
A large wooden crate is transported on a barge in the Grand Canal, Venice, Italy

Creating ‘Mural’ transport crate no easy feat

Sunday, August 21, 2022
A wall painted with brightly colored geometric shapes. Each shape has a unique color.

An Artful Opening: UI Stanley Museum of Art Set for Debut

Wednesday, August 10, 2022
Cover of Little Village Magazine showing an art museum gallery and with the title "Home at Last"

Homecoming

Friday, August 5, 2022
East face of museum seen across Gibson Square Park.

An Early Look Inside the New UI Stanley Museum of Art

Monday, April 25, 2022
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Looking forward to the Stanley: An inside tour

Saturday, April 16, 2022
Woman with short red hair wearing a bright blue jacket stands at the foot of a staircase leading up to the Stanley Museum of Art

A peek inside the University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art

Wednesday, April 13, 2022
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University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art nears finish line

Friday, March 11, 2022
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UI Stanley Museum of Art to Open Aug. 26 with "Homecoming" Celebration

Tuesday, February 22, 2022
Laptop computer screen showing a Zoom presentation with architectural rendering of the Stanley Museum of Art and Director Lauren Lessing as speaker.

Stanley Museum of Art to open early on August 26

Wednesday, February 9, 2022
Sculpture Court 1969

Stanley Museum of Art builds on decades of brilliance

Monday, June 3, 2019