• Art History students examining a painting with a professor.
  • Exterior view at night of the new Visual Arts Building at the University of Iowa.
  • Students outside of the Art Building West.
  • Interior view of Art Building West
  • Students in the bike studio
  • Inside the new Visual Arts Building on the University of Iowa campus.
  • Students outside the new Visual Arts Building
  • Plasma cutting studio
  • Students in the relief studio


  • DIRTRAG Magazine image of bike from the bike build class at the University of Iowa

    Hand built bike class at the University of Iowa featured in DIRTRAG Magazine

     DIRTRAG magazine full article click here http://dirtragmag.com/interesting-bikes-of-nahbs-2017-part-1/
    The University of Iowa Hand Built Bicycle Program in the School of Art and Art History is comprised of art and engineering majors, and it was the first student organization to show bikes at NAHBS in 2014. There are two levels of classes available for students. They start out by learning to work with steel, and then move on to the material of their choosing, which often turns out to be titanium.
    This year, they had a wide variety of different bikes on display, including this ti fat bike. Some unique features include a super long chainstay and breakaway rear triangle to make it easier to pack and transport. The double-tubed fork design helps with dampening. This fattie is set up singlespeed with Endless Bike Company cogs, and the front wheel even has an extra cog attached for mid-ride gear ratio changes (they’re one tooth apart—24 vs 25).

  • Image of Jacques de Caso

    The Jacques de Caso Visual Archive and Library Collection (JCVAL)

    Jacques de Caso, professor emeritus of the history of art at the University of California Berkeley, is a world-renowned specialist on 19th-century French art. He has made several precious gifts to the School of Art & Art History at the University of Iowa: his library collection consisting largely of rare books on 19th-century French and European art, especially sculpture; his slide collection consisting of approximately 25,000 slides (digitized and incorporated into the School’s digital image collection); and a vast digital image library of original photographs, documents, source material and bibliographical data which can be viewed at http://ovm.art.uiowa.edu/decaso.html.

    This rare and priceless collection is preserved in the Jacques de Caso Seminar Room and Special Collections in the Art Library of Art Building West, an internationally recognized, award-winning building designed by Steven Holl.

School of Art & Art History Quick Facts

3The Printmaking specialty is ranked 3rd among similar programs at public institutions of higher learning.* 5The Painting & Drawing specialty is ranked 5th among similar programs at public institutions of higher learning.* 8The Master of Fine Arts Program ranks 8th among similar programs at public institutions of higher learning*

* U.S. News & World Report's America’s Best Graduate Schools 2015 guidebook.

In the SAAH, there are 95 graduate students and 652 undergraduate majors.
566 undergraduates are pursuing a BA degree. 86 were selected to pursue a BFA degree.
171 are enrolled in the University Honors Program. 291 of our students are pursuing a double major.
50% or more of last year's graduating classes were comprised of BFAs (Spring '14 and Fall '14).