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. 

Students doing yoga in Gibson Square Park. The photo is taken from behind, with the Stanley Museum of Art visible in the background.

Monthly Meetup: September 8

Thursday, September 8, 2022
After the hustle and bustle of the first few weeks of classes, the grand opening of the Stanley Museum of Art, and the Student Kickoff, we decided we wanted our first SCC Monthly Meetup event to be a bit more lowkey. Read this blog post to learn about what we did, and about some other campus resources you won't want to miss out on!
Eight tote bags fill the photograph--they are laid out along the floor to dry, all in different but similar shades and mixes of blue, green, and turquoise.

DIY Screenprinting

Sunday, September 4, 2022
Curious how we made the one-of-a-kind screenprinted tote bags for our Student Kickoff event in September? Follow along with this blog post for an in-depth behind-the-scenes look at the messy and exciting process.
A photograph of two Stanley tote bags, hand printed by the Stanley Campus Council, laid out on bright green grass. One is printed with a rainbow ink gradient, and the other with a gradient of reds and yellows. Both read "Stanley Museum of Art" beneath a stylized, drippy brushstroke motif.

September 1 Student Kickoff

Thursday, September 1, 2022
After the grand opening, the Stanley Campus Council hosted an opening celebration geared specifically toward students--the Student Kickoff! At this event, we offered students two of their favorite things: free food and free stuff. Read this blog post to learn more about how our first ever SCC event at the new building turned out!
Aerial view of Gibson Square Park with large white tent and big crowd of people

Stanley Museum of Art Grand Opening Events

Friday, August 26, 2022
The SCC played a part in the opening celebrations for the Stanley Museum of Art August 26 - 28, 2022. Read this blog post to learn more about what the SCC planned for the opening, and how we pulled it off!
Stanley Campus Council Logo. A black line-art drawing interpretation of the Stanley Museum of Art Building. Below this drawing is an all-lowercase, tightly kerned text that reads "Stanley Campus Council."

Academic Year 22-23 Stanley Campus Council

Friday, August 19, 2022
Meet the members of the Stanley Campus Council for Academic Year 2022 - 2023! These members met once weekly during the fall and spring semesters to plan events for students and provide feedback on the programming that takes place at the museum. These members have contributed to developing, promoting, and hosting events, as well as creating social media and blog content!