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 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 a collage made by Melanie Landsittel at ARLiS conference.

Reflections on Art and Rising Water: My Time at ARLiS 2024

Thursday, May 9, 2024
Melanie Landsittel, Graduate Assistant for Learning & Engagement, traveled to the 2024 Art Libraries of North America Conference back in April. Read this blog post to hear about her experience and what she learned.
A photo of Amelia, who stands smiling in front of the multi-colored mural in the Stanley Museum of Art lobby.

A Reflection from Gallery Host Amelia Johnson

Wednesday, May 8, 2024
Click here to learn more about Amelia Johnson and her reflection on being a Gallery Host as she approaches graduation.
A photo of the Stanley's Visual Classroom, a room full of glass storage cabinets that hold art.

Senior Capstone: CEC Alexis Belme

Wednesday, May 8, 2024
Click here to find out more information on Alexis Belme's Senior Capstone and her exhibition at the Stanley Museum of Art.
alexis sitting at her desk

A Reflection from Campus Engagement Coordinator 2023/24: Alexis Belme

Monday, May 6, 2024
Click here to learn more about Alexis Belme and the work she has done as the Campus Engagement Coordinator at the Stanley Museum of Art.
A photo of Alexis Belme in her graduation cap and gown; she poses, smiling, in front of the multi-colored mural in the Stanley Museum of Art lobby.

A Reflection from Lead Gallery Host Alexis Belme

Tuesday, April 23, 2024
Click here to learn more about Alexis Belme and her reflection on being Lead Gallery Host as she approaches graduation.
two adults standing in front of examples of Kusama's

Night at the Museum: Pizza & Paint

Monday, April 15, 2024
In case you couldn't make it to this months installment of Night at the Museum, we hosted a Pizza & Paint night! We had an art activity led by Amanda Lensing. The inspiration for the activity came from Japanese artist, Yayoi Kusama. For this event, we also partnered with Campus Activities Board (CAB)! There was also yummy pizza, fruit, cookies, and drinks!
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
hey, SMA! is a video interview series with visiting artists designed to succinctly communicate their work and philosophies to a public audience. This series is Abbie McLaren’s personal project for her 2023-24 academic year as museum programs intern.
women with her mouth open appearing to shut out "edit" she is surrounded by green, orange, purple, and black stripes

Night at the Museum: Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

Monday, April 1, 2024
For the month of March, we hosted a Wikipedia Edit-a-thon to address issues of representation in the arts. Read this blog post to learn all about it--we made a scavenger hunt, pressed buttons, collaborated with Art Hawks and the LGBTQ Iowa Archives & Library, and made a difference for Women's History Month!
A photo of three gallery hosts seated at the Stanley Museum of Art front desk.

Meet the Gallery Hosts 2023-24

Friday, March 22, 2024
During the winter 2023 term, Communications & Marketing Assistant Anaka Sanders did a project focusing on introducing the Gallery Host team to the public. Read this blog post and watch her videos to learn more about the students who greet all of our visitors when they first step into the museum!