Iowa City

United States

1375 Highway 1 West (1840 SA)
Phone: 319.335.1727
Fax: 319.335.3677

University Of Iowa Museum Of Art

UIMA: The Experience of Art

Home to iconic works of art such as Jackson Pollock's "Mural," the University of Iowa Museum of Art truly is an Iowan gem. The Museum houses world class collections of African art, ceramics, painting, and works on paper, and offers a myriad of educational programs and events.

Due to flooding, the UIMA collection will not return to its former riverside building. The Figge Art Museum in Davenport, IA has offered the UIMA temporary storage and display of its permanent collection until a new building is constructed. More than 500 works from the collection are housed on campus in a temporary visual classroom, the UIMA@IMU. Exhibitions and events have been relocated to a variety of alternate locations.

 Permanent Collection Highlights (9)

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Permanent Collection

European and American Art Since 1900: The core of the collections of Western art since 1900 includes painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, photography and new media. Chronologically, this collection begins with masterworks of early-to-mid 20th century European easel painting—French, German, Spanish, Russian are particularly notable—and delves into the avant-garde—Cubism, Surrealism, Dada, German Expressionism, American Impressionism, Regionalism, Abstraction and Abstract Expressionism.

Works on Paper Before 1900: The collection area of Western prints before 1900 includes many fine examples of technical experimentation, intellectual inquiry and aesthetic expression.

Arts of the Ancient Americas and Native America: The ancient cultures of Central and South America produced extraordinary works of ceramic sculpture that depict both ritual practices and aspects of daily life. Visitors will find human figures depicted in their finery, animals fashioned into containers and whistles, stone markers used in ceremonial ball games, jewelry made of jade and gold, and elaborately painted vessels. The UIMA's collection is focused on the ceramic sculpture of ancient West Mexico, which is famed for its rich stylistic variety.

Ceramics and Metal Work: The UIMA's collection of Ceramics and Metal Work includes artwork from Asian and Middle Eastern cultures, African, Pre-Columbian, and Native American objects, and major works by Peter Voulkos, Jun Kaneko, Don Reitz, and Toshiko Takaezu.

African Art: The famous Stanley Collection includes many works which are now the prime examples of their genre.


Those Who Can: The University of Iowa School of Art and Art History Studio Faculty Exhibition
January 27 - March 6, 2011
Figge Art Museum
225 West Second St.
Davenport, IA

Lil Picard and Counterculture New York
February 24 - May 27, 2011
Iowa Memorial Union, Black Box Theater
125 North Madison Street
Iowa City, IA

A Legacy for Iowa: Pollock's "Mural" and Modern Masterworks from the University of Iowa Museum of Art
Figge Art Museum
225 West Second St.
Davenport, Iowa

Selections from the Stanley Collection
Figge Art Museum
225 West Second St.
Davenport, Iowa

Previous Exhibitions

Eye Witness: Daniel Heyman's Portraits of Iraqi Torture Victims
November 1, 2008-January 18, 2009
Hanson Family Humanities Gallery, Old Capitol Museum

Master of Fine Arts 2008
May 9-June 8, 2008

The Power of Line: American Etching Revival Prints from the Thomas and Debra Lee Collection
May 9 - September 28, 2008

February 1 - March 30, 2008

Laylah Ali, Drawings from the Typology Series
October 20, 2007 - January 6, 2008

I Am: Prints by Elizabeth Catlett
October 20, 2007 - January 6, 2008

UI School of Art and Art History Faculty Exhibition 2007
October 13 - December 16, 2007

Monks to Masters: The Medieval Manuscript and the Early Printed Book
June 23 - October 7, 2007

Plains Indian Drawings: The Gerald and Hope Solomons Collection
April 25 - September 30, 2007

Picturing Eden
February 4 - May 13, 2007

Jules Kirschenbaum: The Need to Dream of Some Transcendent Meaning
September 17 - December 10, 2006

Exhibitions (5)

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Museum internal and external photos (8)

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News and events

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* The Museum opened in 1969.
* Jackson Pollock's "Mural" was given to the Museum by Peggy Guggenheim in 1953.
* The permanent collection includes approximately 12,000 artworks.
*The UIMA building suffered a devastating flood in June 2008, prohibiting the art from ever returning to its former location. Until a new Museum is built, the UIMA is displaying the collection and holding exhibitions, events, and programs in temporary locations.


The Education Department at UIMA organizes a wide range of programs for audiences of all ages. Each event serves to further our mission of bringing the experience of art to the greatest range of audiences possible. We offer special exhibition-related events such as artists’ talks and lectures and tours for schools and adult groups, as well as general visitors. Visit for more information or to schedule a tour. You can also schedule a tour by calling the museum at 319.335.1727.


School Programs

Formal education programs at the Museum serve varied audiences and adapt different methods for each group. We welcome many school groups from across eastern Iowa to the Museum each year. At all age levels, these groups come with their own interests or just for a general tour of the Museum. For the Museum's own educational initiatives, we focus on two very specific curriculum-based programs: Widen Our World (WOW!) and Discover Africa.

Our WOW! Program was developed in collaboration with the art teachers of the Iowa City Community School District to reinforce the visual education provided to the third-grade student. Observation and verbal skills, vocabulary, and even appropriate Museum behavior are the teaching goals of the program.

Discover Africa is directed toward seventh-grade Social Studies classes, where every student in Iowa is required to study Africa. UIMA Director of Education Dale Fisher worked with area social studies educators and with experts from the University to develop a program for teachers to use the UIMA African collections to teach about traditional African cultures as well as contemporary African society.

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View & DO: A Family Art Activity

If you are one of the many families searching for educational opportunities and creative outlets for children and adults, the UIMA invites you to join us for View & DO, our Saturday afternoon art activity. These art activities will get you out of the house while providing educational and creative fun for you and your child or grandchild. View & DO family art activities offer the child-adult team a chance to explore historical ideas or design concepts through tours of the gallery and related activity, under the guidance of an educator and practicing artist. These classes are for young Museum visitors (age 7-10) with adult accompaniment. Pre-registration is required for the event and costs $10 per child and adult team. E-mail or call 319-335-3232 to register.


The UIMA strives to fulfill its mission as a teaching museum by offering student extensive opportunities to interact one-on-one with art works. Any item in the collection is available for viewing with an appointment. Call the museum at 319.335.1727 to reserve a time in either of these rooms.


The museum offers a myriad of entertaining and educational programs for adults, ranging from gallery talks with curators, artist lectures, and literary readings.


We're pleased to provide our donors and supporters with many ways to participate in the life of the museum. Benefits include sneak previews to exhibitions, special lectures and tours with curators and the museum director, opportunities to meet artists, and invitations to other exclusive events. Private support is crucial to the museum. During the past 50 years, our donors have built one of Iowa's great treasures - don't miss this chance to be a part of your museum!