First Friday: April 2019

  • 5:00 PM–7:00 PM

118 E. College Street, Iowa City

Join us for Happy Hour + Art at the next Stanley Museum of Art First Friday reception at FilmScene! Stanley First Fridays provide an ideal chance to usher in your weekend, enjoy the work of local artists, and mingle with other art enthusiasts.

Our April First Friday features artwork and correspondence of Iowa native George L. Stout. Stout was leader of the Monuments Men during World War II and was responsible for recovering over five million pieces of art from Hitler and the Nazis.  Stout’s life continues to have international impact on the fields of art conservation and monuments protection. The Monuments Men organization continues today as the U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield, an organization whose goal is to protect art and monuments in areas of global conflict from destruction. Innovative methods of art conservation, created by Stout some ninety years ago, are still used today in major museums around the world.

By George! immediately precedes the Iowa City premiere of Stout Hearted: George Stout and the Guardians of Art, an eighty-one minute documentary produced and directed by award-winning filmmaker Kevin Kelley. Kelley has made films in Iowa for thirty years. He directed and produced Stout Hearted through New Mile Media Arts, a not-for-profit corporation which he founded three years ago with producer Marie Wilkes. This is New Mile Media Art’s first film.

Tickets for Stout Hearted may be purchased in advance at the FilmScene box office.

First Fridays are free and open to the public with complimentary popcorn and a cash bar.

Consider becoming a Stanley member! Courtesies include home delivery of the Stanley Museum of Art Magazine and a personalized Membership Card, which entitles you to free entry to the Figge Art Museum and reciprocal admission to other art museums around the country.

First Fridays for the 2018-2019 season are generously sponsored by John S. & Patricia C. Koza, H. Dee & Myrene R. Hoover, and John R. Menninger.

Cost: Free and open to the public


George Stout (American, 1897–1978)


, 1923
Oil on canvas
© Leslie Stout Marks

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in a program, please contact the University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art in advance at 335-1727.