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Nestled in the heart of Iowa's beautiful arts campus, on the banks of the Iowa River, generations of artists and art historians have launched their careers and artistic journeys here. Join them.

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Be part of a legacy of excellence—and the birthplace of the MFA. Learn from faculty who are leading artists, designers, and scholars. Create and learn in facilities that are architectural masterpieces.

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When you make art at Iowa—or explore the ways that art shapes and reflects culture—you'll blaze a unique artistic journey. Make Iowa your artistic and academic home. Join us.

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Birthplace of the MFA

The first university to accept creative works as graduate theses.

Our program also pioneered the practice of bringing established artists to the faculty.

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# 7

National Ranking: Printmaking

U.S. News & World Report, 2020

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# 23

National Ranking: Best Fine Arts Programs

U.S. News & World Report, 2020

Events

Student exhibitions

Student exhibitions

Reborn - Alexa Meyer BFA Exhibition - School of Art and Art History

Friday, February 23, 2024 8:00am to 8:00pm
Visual Arts Building

Student exhibitions

Beyond The Margins - MFA Exhibition by Lauren Coghlan - School of Art and Art History promotional image

Beyond The Margins - MFA Exhibition by Lauren Coghlan - School of Art and Art History

Friday, February 23, 2024 8:00am to 8:00pm
Visual Arts Building

Student exhibitions

Beyond Her Arrival - Kat Kelly MFA Exhibition - School of Art and Art History promotional image

Beyond Her Arrival - Kat Kelly MFA Exhibition - School of Art and Art History

Friday, February 23, 2024 8:00am to 8:00pm
Visual Arts Building
Love: A Soup of Hormones - Abe Irshaidat MFA Exhibition - School of Art and Art History promotional image

Love: A Soup of Hormones - Abe Irshaidat MFA Exhibition - School of Art and Art History

Monday, February 26, 2024 8:00am to 8:00pm
Visual Arts Building

Think Tank - Sam Wilson Hoff BFA Exhibition - School of Art and Art History

Monday, February 26, 2024 8:00am to 8:00pm
Visual Arts Building
Reception March 1, 2024 6–8 p.m.

Visiting artists and scholars

Pao Houa Her - Visiting Artist in Photography - School of Art and Art History promotional image

Pao Houa Her - Visiting Artist in Photography - School of Art and Art History

Wednesday, February 28, 2024 6:00pm
Visual Arts Building
Image info: untitled (poppy field in Minnesota), 2019, from the series The Imaginative Landscape © Pao Houa Her, Courtesy Bockley Gallery Pao Houa Her is a Hmong American artist whose practice engages primarily with legacies and potentials of landscape, portraiture, and documentary photographic traditions and aesthetics, creating works that examine identity, longing, and belonging in Hmong diasporic communities. Among Her’s solo exhibitions include Paj quam ntuj / Flowers of the Sky at the...
Santiago Cal - Visiting Artist in Sculpture & Intermedia - School of Art and Art History promotional image

Santiago Cal - Visiting Artist in Sculpture & Intermedia - School of Art and Art History

Thursday, February 29, 2024 6:00pm
Visual Arts Building
Santiago Cal was born in Belize, Central America. He has had exhibitions in Barcelona, Taipei, Havana, Auckland, and New York, as well as other cities. He has been an artist in residence at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art (U.S.), Gruber-Jez Foundation (Mexico), and Poustinia Land Art Park (Belize). Cal is a Professor of Art (Sculpture) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Visiting Artist in Printmaking Lynne Allen: “Real Culture, False Representations: Tattered Histories” promotional image

Visiting Artist in Printmaking Lynne Allen: “Real Culture, False Representations: Tattered Histories”

Tuesday, March 5, 2024 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Visual Arts Building
The artist, Lynne Allen, hails from a lineage of Húnkpapha Sioux matriarchs, deeply rooted in the rich heritage of the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in South Dakota. With a genealogy extending six generations back to Wastewin (Good Women) in the early 1800s, Allen brings a profound connection to her Native heritage into her role as a visual artist.
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MFA virtual exhibitions

Lauren Coghlan MFA Exhibtion (Graphic Design)
February 19, 2024 - February 23, 2024

Katrice Kelly MFA Exhibition (Painting and Drawing)
February 19, 2024 - February 23, 2024

Suleyman L Aslan MFA Exhibition (3D Design)
August 7, 2023 - August 11, 2023

Katie Kiesewetter MFA Exhibition (Graphic Design)
April 10, 2023 - April 14, 2023

Kayla Rumpp MFA Exhibition (Painting and Drawing)
April 10, 2023 - April 14, 2023

Liv Stark MFA Exhibition (Graphic Design)
April 10, 2023 - April 14, 2023

Nathan Sears MFA Exhibition (3D Design)
April 3, 2023 - April 7, 2023

Sean Tyler MFA Exhibition (Painting and Drawing)
April 3, 2023 - April 7, 2023

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News and announcements

School of Art and Art History February 2024 Newsletter

Thursday, February 1, 2024
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School of Art and Art History January 2024 Newsletter

Thursday, January 4, 2024
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School of Art and Art History December 2023 Newsletter

Friday, December 1, 2023
Read the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History December 2023 newsletter.