The University of Iowa
Visual Arts Interior

2.  The University of Iowa’s new Visual Arts Building is the second arts facility on the UI campus designed by Steven Holl Architects.  The other, Art Building West, is located immediately south of the Visual Arts Building. 

Here is a collection of additional interesting and/or fun numbers associated with the UI's new visual arts facility.



48 million pounds of concrete were used in the construction.



The building has 5 floors, each dedicated to different academic areas like printmaking, which is ranked the third best program of its kind in the nation by U.S. News & World Report


3 ,5, and 8

A variety of 3, 5, and 8-foot square windows are strategically sprinkled throughout to deliver natural light for the students, faculty, and staff inside.


67, 20,000, and 100

67 miles of tubing filled with 20,000 gallons of treated water is used to heat and cool the building, along with 100 percent thermally active radiant slab flooring – an innovative, sustainable method used by only a few buildings across the country



The building features 16,000 square feet of green, energy-efficient roofing.


15, 2,000, and 2,000

15 kilns capable of reaching up to 2,000 degrees are on site for the more than 2,000 students who will take an arts class during a typical academic year.



Graduate painting and drawing students have access to 20 private studios, none of which are the same size or shape or have the same amount of natural light as a result of configurations of windows that are unique to each room.



300-plus interactive performances, workshops, readings, residencies, and master classes are coordinated statewide annually by Arts Share, the UI’s highly-popular campus outreach program.



The glass doors at the building’s 3 entrances have handles in the shape of the building fabricated by UI art students. 


5, 180

The addition of 5 new galleries inside the Visual Arts Building will allow the School of Art and Art History to host more than 180 exhibitions during the fall and spring semesters.



Publication Source: 
UI Office of Strategic Communication