First Friday: October 2018

  • 5:00 PM–7:00 PM

118 E. College Street, Iowa City

Join us for Happy Hour + Art  at the next University of Iowa 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 October First Friday features the Iowa City Mural Project and the artists of the six murals currently gracing downtown buildings. Come learn more about the artists and their process, then take a walk around town and admire the finished murals.

Following a public input process in the fall of 2017, the Iowa City Downtown District started the Iowa City Mural Project. Overwhelmingly, feedback from the community looked to murals for more spark, color, and surprise as part of the fabric and texture of our urban space. With major support from the University of Iowa Community Credit Union, as well as other private sponsors, the ICDD put out a call for submission, gathering over 200 designs for the 5 downtown locations. A diverse committee of local artists and creative professionals chose the finalists, including numerous local artists, and the murals were painted over the course of the summer of 2018. The public expression of our community's creativity through murals and other public art in our downtown area bring feet to the street, helping invest in the originality and vitality of our historic downtown. Most importantly, our artists make Iowa City a more enjoyable place for all of us to live and visit.  

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


© Chris Hunter

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.