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Exhibition | A Year in Print

Opening this Friday, March 1, 2024

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

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

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

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


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 15 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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Share your memories of Keith Haring's trip to Iowa City

Keith Haring (1958–1990) was a revolutionary graffiti artist. The Stanley Museum of Art will commemorate Haring's visits to Iowa City in 1984 and 1989 with an upcoming exhibition, and we want you to be involved! 

Scheduled to open on May 4, 2024, To My Friends at Horn: Keith Haring and Iowa City will celebrate the artist's ties to our community. We hope to locate individuals who were a part of Haring's visits and incorporate their stories into the show. 

If you or someone you know was at Horn Elementary School, or met the artist during his trips to Iowa City (1984 and 1989), or if you have any related photos, drawings, or other memorabilia, we want to hear from you!

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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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Chill and Create

Friday, March 1, 2024 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Stanley Museum of Art
This unique and hands-on program integrates art viewing, art making and mindfulness strategies to provide students with tools to de-stress, manage anxiety, and develop wellness practices. During the 2-hour workshop, participants will learn new ways to improve well-being, while benefiting from the positive effects of viewing and making art. No prior art making experience necessary. The workshop will be led by Dana Keeton, a local board-certified art therapist and licensed mental health...
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A Year in Print | Opening Reception and Downtown Gallery Walk

Friday, March 1, 2024 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Stanley Museum of Art
The Stanley Museum of Art will be hosting two events on Friday, March 1 from 5–8 p.m. Celebrate the grand opening of  our latest exhibition "A Year in Print" along with kicking off the 2024 Downtown Spring Gallery Walk! The exhibition showcases a newly acquired portfolio of "Twelve Prints by Contemporary American Artists" that explores diverse techniques and delves into the socio-political climate of 1919 through captivating prints. Alongside the exhibition, start your self guided journey of...
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Art & Write Night

Friday, March 1, 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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Student News

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Night at the Museum: Date Night

Tuesday, February 6, 2024
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2023 Fall Semester Recap

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

Friday, November 10, 2023