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Hancher Auditorium:  Watch the Dedication Ceremony

The University of Iowa's new Hancher Auditorium was officially dedicated Friday, Sept. 9.   The celebration program, hosted by Lynette Marshall, president and chief executive officer of the UI Foundation, included performances by Iowa City natives Rinde Eckert and Conor Hanick, and the Community Mass Choir under the direction of Barbara Haack, and remarks from the honorable Terry Branstad, governor of the state of Iowa; UI President Bruce Harreld; Beth Freeman, regional director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency; Hancher Auditorium benefactors Dick and Mary Jo Stanley; UI alumnus and former Hancher performer Julius Carter; and Chuck Swanson, executive director of Hancher.


The Story of Hancher, Old and New

Hancher Auditorium's executive director Chuck Swanson talks about former UI president Virgil Hancher and his vision for the arts at the University of Iowa, watching the construction of the original Hancher as a student at the UI, the list of world renown artists who performed on the original Hancher stage, the world premiere of the Joffrey Ballet’s original “Nutcracker,” the transition years of old Hancher to new for the Hancher staff, and what he believes the University of Iowa’s new performing arts center will mean to the UI, the greater Iowa City community, the state of Iowa, and beyond – all with spectacular views of the new Hancher Auditorium as a backdrop.

“I think Virgil Hancher would be very happy."  - Chuck Swanson

The video opens with an interpretative dance by UI students Angella Betina Carlos and Calvin Windschitl outside the new Hancher Auditorium.  Angela will receive her master’s degree in fine arts/dance in 2018; Calvin will receive a bachelor of arts degree in 2018.  Their performance was choreographed by Autumn Eckman, who will receive her master’s degree in fine arts/choreography in 2017.  



Video Tour of the New Hancher Auditorium

From the artistry of its performance hall to its striking exterior, the University of Iowa's new Hancher Auditorium offers inspiring views and details, inside and out.


Art on Campus:  Hancher Auditorium's Anonymous Creature

West African sculptor El Anatsui is one of the most admired artists in the world today. In May 2015, he was awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement by the Venice Biennale. The award—one of the most prestigious in the art world—acknowledges his international success and his influence on two generations of artists in West Africa. His work, Anonymous Creature, hangs above the staircase in the lobby of the new Hancher Auditorium.  Video provided by Bocce Ball Films.


Art on Campus:  Hancher Auditorium's We All Perform

Anita Jung, a professor in the University of Iowa’s School of Art and Art History, collaborated with seventh-grade students in Algona, Council Bluffs, Iowa City, Maquoketa, Muscatine, Spencer, and Storm Lake to create a work of art centered around notions of performance. Students took selfies and then transformed them with text. Jung selected a number of the altered selfies to incorporate into We All PerformVideo provided by Bocce Ball Films.


Information about Hancher's dedication and open houses

The University of Iowa's new Hancher Auditorium will be dedicated on Friday, Sept. 9.  An open house will follow the dedication ceremony.  Friends of the UI and Hancher can also tour the new facility at a second open house scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 11. More information is available at


More about the new Hancher

Visit the Hancher Auditorium page of to watch videos, review a collection of images, read stories about the construction process and the people that make Hancher go, and so much more.


Share your "UI Inspiration" and win Hancher tickets!

Like many places on the University of Iowa campus, the new Hancher Auditorium is inspirational inside and out.  You are invited to share what inspired or inspires you about the University of Iowa on the Digital Wall of Inspiration.  By doing so, you'll be eligible to win pairs of tickets to select events on Hancher's 2016-17 season and select home games of the 2016 Iowa football team. 


Purchase your Hancher tickets today

The Hancher 16-17 season is now on sale to the public. Tickets are available by phone (319-335-1160, 1-800-HANCHER) and in person at the box office in the Old Capitol Center* in downtown Iowa City.  Tickets can also be purchased through Hancher's online box office.

*Please note that the Hancher Box Office will not relocate to the new Hancher building until early September.


Your support is important to Hancher

More than 4 million patrons have experienced Hancher performances, and more than 20,000 children from across Iowa participate each year in its arts education programs. Hancher Circle donors feel great satisfaction in knowing their gifts support every aspect of Hancher operations, from ensuring the excellence of its programming, to providing enrichment through arts education opportunities, to building community by sharing performing arts experiences with friends, family, and neighbors.  Learn more about the benefits of Hancher Circle membership.


Once a Hawkeye, always a Hawkeye

The University of Iowa Alumni Association is the trusted resource for all loyal Hawkeyes who want to remain engaged with the University of Iowa community. No matter how many years or miles may separate you from the campus, the UIAA can help you feel part of the life of the University of Iowa and a member of a community united by shared experiences and beliefs. Through the UIAA's events, services, and communications, you can express and reinforce your Hawkeye spirit, pride, and values. Whether you're a UI graduate, a former student, a parent of a student, or a fan of the Hawkeyes, we welcome you to join our community of some 45,000 loyal Hawkeyes.  Learn more about the benefits of UIAA membership.


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