Visual Arts Building (VAB)

107 River Street
Iowa City, IA 52242

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Accessibility information

For more information about artwork, lactation rooms, and restrooms, visit the University of Iowa Facilities website.

About the facility

When a catastrophic Iowa River flood in 2008 wiped out most of the University of Iowa's arts campus, including the original Art Building that opened in 1936, the University of Iowa chose world-famous architect Steven Holl to design an accompaniment to his celebrated Art Building West.

The Visual Arts Building opened in 2016, earning acclaim from architects and educators worldwide—and most important, from the students, faculty, staff, and guests of the School of Art and Art History who create, study, work, and grow within its walls. The Visual Arts Building garnered major accolades including:

Among other major press recognition, the New York Times featured the Visual Arts Building in these articles:

Visual Arts Building tour

Visual Arts Building history