Stories from SMA

Join University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art staff and supporters as we inform, muse, riff and offer stories from beyond and behind the walls of SMA. 

New Conversations on African Art - the Conversation Continues

Ahead of the inaugural exhibition, the Stanley Museum of Art is hosting a three-part, online symposium. New Conversations on African Art, moderated by…

Museum of Art Building Nears Completion

The new Stanley Museum of Art building is over 90% complete and contractors are hard at work on the finishing details. The long ramp leading from Fron…

Become a Stanley Docent

Nearly fifteen years ago Jude Langhurst retired from a career in public relations and advertising and moved to Iowa City to be close to family. She’d …

Construction Update: Let there be light

Construction is almost complete on the Stanley Museum of Art, with only a few months to go. The finishing work is speeding along, and museum staff wil…

How to Move a Collection: Many Hands

How many pairs of hands does it take to move a collection? In the case of the Stanley Museum of Art, an eight-member team of registrars and preparator…

Meet Mason, Provenance Detective and Renaissance Man

Mason Koelm chose to attend the University of Iowa for its promise of a cross-disciplinary experience. As he puts it, “Nowhere else offered the divers…

Reimagining Ritual and Style - New Conversations on African Art

Last year we witnessed worldwide calls for cultural industries to re-envision their entrenched standards of practice. Museums—which had already experi…

From the Archives: Sculptor Katzen casts dreams into living art

[From the Daily Iowan, November 8, 1977]

Sculptor Katzen casts dreams into living art By Kittredge Cherry, Staff Writer Steel is not unlovable.

Scul…

How to Move a Collection: Packing the Museum

The collections department at the Stanley has returned to packing the artwork at the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, where the majority of the collecti…

New to the Collection: Hiroshi Yoshida

 

Over a lifetime, Karen F. Beall and Dale K. Haworth have traveled the world and collected with care. Since 2017, the couple have given over sixty a…

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