The University of Iowa

Visual Arts Building:  The Dedication

Friday, Oct. 7, 2016 was a wonderful day in the history of the University of Iowa's School of Art and Art History.


Video Tour of the Visual Arts Building

From its remarkable open atrium which brings into the structure one of the most critical elements to a visual arts curriculum -- natural light -- to its striking exterior facade, external terraces, and fabricated-by-UI-art-students door handles, the University of Iowa's new Visual Arts Building is a source of great inspiration and creativity. 


Carrying on the UI's Creative Legacy

The University of Iowa’s new Visual Arts Building is the second arts facility on the UI campus designed by Steven Holl Architects. Steve McGuire, professor and area head of the Studio Division of the UI School of Art and Art History, provides an introduction to the UI's creative legacy and how that legacy will continue in this latest and striking addition to the UI arts campus..


Art on Campus:  Visual Art Building's The Guardians

Produced by Hawk City Productions


Art on Campus:  Visual Art Building's Stone Motorcycles

Produced by Hawk City Productions


Information about the Visual Arts Building’s dedication and open house

The University of Iowa's new Visual Arts Building will be dedicated on Friday, Oct. 7.  An open house will follow the dedication ceremony.  More information is available at


More about the new Visual Arts Building

Visit the Visual Arts Building page of to watch videos, review a collection of images, read stories about the construction process, and so much more.


Share your "UI Inspiration" and win Hancher, Iowa football tickets!

Like many places on the University of Iowa campus, the new Visual Arts Building 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. 


View an exhibition today

There are hundreds of opportunities annually to enjoy the latest work of UI faculty and students while also enjoying the UI’s Visual Arts Building and Art Building West, including the Faculty Biennial Exhibition which runs through Oct. 7 inside the galleries of the UI’s new arts facility.  The Faculty Biennial Exhibition features work of the faculty of the UI School of Art and Art History.   


Your support is important

In stewardship of the UI's rich tradition in the arts, the University of Iowa Foundation is conducting a $30 million campaign for private gift support for replacement facilities for Hancher, the School of Music, and the School of Art and Art History. The Arts & Minds campaign calls for a restoration of campus infrastructure, and, therefore, a strengthening of the UI's arts programs.  


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.


Considering the UI as your college choice?

Home to more than 30,000 students and some of the nation's top scholars and researchers, the University of Iowa offers more than 200 areas of study on a vibrant and diverse campus. Learn more about the UI and studying in a classic college town.



Visual Arts Building