The University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art

Established in 1969, the University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art is one of the leading university art museums in the world. Its art history programs and collection of more than 14,000 works of art cover many major areas, including significant 20th-century American and European art, Sub-Saharan African art, Pre-Columbian sculpture, Native American art, ancient Chinese sculpture and ceramics, and 20th-century American and European studio ceramics. With hundreds of thousands of visitors, the UI Museum of Art is one of the most popular and effective public institutions in Iowa. 

In advance of the flood of June 2008, the museum building and art was permanently evacuated. The new building is above the 500-year flood plain on UI-owned land central to campus and community life. The museum consolidates and displays the university’s more than 12,400-piece art collection worth more than $500 million while also providing staff offices, conference rooms, classrooms, and 45 parking stalls under the facility.


2023 The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and European Centre for Architecture Art, The American Architecture Award

2023 AIA Iowa, Honor Award

2023 AIA Kansas City, Honor Award and Project of the Year – Architecture

2023 International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) Interiors Awards Winner, Education

2023 AIA Iowa, Honor Award, Craft

2023 Master Builders of Iowa (MBI), Masters Award in the over $25 MM category

2023 Architizer, A+Awards Special Mention – Museums

2023 ENR Midwest, Best Project, Higher Education

2023 Construction Keystone Awards, Mid-America Class, Building Construction

2023 AIA Central States Region, Design Award – Citation

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