student blog

Along with the Stanley's belief in getting students into and engaged with the museum physically, we also believe students should have a space to share their research, creative projects, writing, and other achievements, expertise, and thoughts about art, art history, and the Stanley with their peers. 

The Stanley Student Blog will not only serve as a way to make our events accessible, but also to preserve the work that students do;  their work isn't gone once the event they helped coordinate is over or their employment ends, but lives on here, for future students to engage with days, weeks, months, or maybe even years later. 

If you're interested in contributing to our blog in some type of way, please reach out to Assistant Curator of Student Engagement Allie Tokarski at allison-tokarski@uiowa.edu. We'd love to hear your thoughts on the art on display at the Stanley, the work you're doing related to the Stanley or the arts community on campus, or how the arts are impacting your time here at Iowa. 

A photo of Katherine Shamdin; she is seated on stairs, smiling at the camera.

A Reflection from Museum Events Intern 2022/23: Katherine Shamdin

Thursday, May 11, 2023
Click here to learn more about Katherine Shamdin and her reflection on the work she has done this past year as Museum Events Intern at the Stanley Museum of Art.
A photo of Lily Hester: they are standing in front of the mural in the Stanley's lobby, dressed up, posing with their graduation cap.

A Reflection from Stanley Campus Council Intern 2022/2023: Lily Hester

Wednesday, May 10, 2023
Click here to read Lily's reflections on the work they did as the Stanley's 2022/2023 Stanley Campus Council Intern.
A photo of Emalie Brannigan; she is smiling at the camera, head tilted.

A Reflection from Campus Engagement Coordinator 2022/2023: Emalie Brannigan

Tuesday, May 9, 2023
Click here to read Emalie's reflections on the work she did as the Stanley's 2022/2023 Campus Engagement Coordinator.
A photo of Anaka Sanders; it is an action shot of her striding in front of the lobby mural at the Stanley, dressed in her graduation robes.

A Reflection from Gallery Host Anaka Sanders

Monday, May 8, 2023
Click here to learn more about Anaka Sanders and her reflection on being a Gallery Host as she approaches graduation.
A photo of Abbie, smiling.

A Reflection from Museum Programs Intern 2022/23: Abbie McLaren

Sunday, May 7, 2023
Click here to learn more about Abbie McLaren and the work she has done this past year as Museum Programs Intern at the Stanley Museum of Art.
A still image from a video of a dance project choreographed by Katherine Shamdin. In it, 5 students dance on the front steps of the Stanley.

Living Art(i)facts, Choreographed by Katherine Shamdin: An Independent Research Project

Monday, May 1, 2023
A dance performance choreographed by Museum Events Intern Katherine Shamdin.
A graphic image with a light purple background; on it are cut out blue and yellow lettering that says "homecoming playlists." There is also an image of a person standing in front of Jackson Pollock's Mural.

Homecoming: The Stanley's Exhibitions as Spotify Playlists

Tuesday, April 18, 2023
Five playlists curated by the Stanley's 2022/23 Programming Intern, Abbie McLaren, related to the inaugural exhibition "Homecoming" at the Stanley Museum of Art.
A photo of attendees at the Stanley Campus Council April 13 event, On Display: A Student Art Showcase.

Monthly Meetup: April 13 Student Art Showcase

Thursday, April 13, 2023
In case you missed the April SCC monthly event, we dedicated a night to student artists on campus to display their art for friends, family, and the community to come out to see and support. The night was packed with these stunning student artists having a chance to discuss their art and showcase their work in the Stanley lobby. Read this blog post to learn more!
A photo of Graham Parsons: he stares calmly into the camera.

Student Art Showcase Spotlight: Graham Parsons

Wednesday, April 12, 2023
As part of the SCC's April event, we interviewed thirteen student artists to learn about what art means to them and to hear their stories about how they incorporate art into their lives while balancing school and other commitments. Click here to read about Graham Parsons and see some of his work!
A photo of Annelise Richardson: she is wearing a pink top and smiling at the camera.

Student Art Showcase Spotlight: Annelise Richardson

Tuesday, April 11, 2023
As part of the SCC's April event, we interviewed thirteen student artists to learn about what art means to them and to hear their stories about how they incorporate art into their lives while balancing school and other commitments. Click here to read about Annelise Richardson and see some of her work!