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Remarkable creativity

The new Art Building West, home to the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History, is a work of art itself. Designed by acclaimed architect Steven Holl, the space melds design and nature in a high-tech facility brimming with beauty and light.

The University has inspired creativity and innovation in the arts for generations. Iowa was one of the first to accept creative work for graduate theses, and to confer the Master of Fine Arts degree. Iowa also pioneered the professional artist-as-teacher concept. Grant Wood, for example, was a member of the faculty in the 1930s.

Iowa’s highly regarded programs include its fine arts graduate program, ranked among the top 10 public universities by U.S. News & World Report, and its printmaking specialty, ranked No. 2 in the nation.

In addition to the new art building, students and faculty enjoy extraordinary facilities, including studios for printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, and metalsmithing. The University of Iowa Museum of Art houses an impressive collection, including Jackson Pollock’s Mural and an extensive collection of African art.

Whether studying art or creating it, the student- and faculty-artists who call the University of Iowa home will surely find inspiration at Iowa for generations to come.

School of Art and Art History
Art Building West Tour (requires QuickTime)
Museum of Art

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