UI declines to move forward with partnership for art museum

A message from UIMA Director Sean O'Harrow:

The University of Iowa has decided it will not be moving forward with the public/private partnership previously announced for a new leased building on the corner of Burlington and Clinton Streets in Iowa City. The decision Friday follows a month long review of the both the programmatic needs and financial viability of the new facility, which was projected to cost around $80 million; not including lease payments or real estate taxes.

The UIMA is very excited by the new opportunities presented as a result of looking at new options. We can create a new museum that is even better than what we previously envisioned, and with the president and administration 100% behind the new museum, we are confident that the solution will reach more students, academics and visitors than ever before. The result will be a forward-thinking educational institution with more extensive and deeper partnerships with other university entities, and this will ensure that the UIMA is indeed the model academic art museum for the 21st century, which has been our mission ever since we were displaced by the horrendous flood of 2008.

  Read the Iowa City Press Citizen story here.