University of Iowa Opens A Dazzling New Art Museum This Summer [PHOTOS]
The visibility of local and national art is ready for a huge growth spurt in Eastern Iowa when the brand new Stanley Museum of Art opens late this summer on the University of Iowa campus.
It's the dawning of a new day for artists and art-lovers who had their previous showcase museum damaged by the flood of 2008. The Cedar Rapids Gazette says the new building, located at 160 W. Burlington St. in Iowa City, will hold a grand opening celebration on August 26.
Staff is already moving into their offices but the 20,000 or so masterpieces that will be on display at Stanley will take several months to move.
The 63,000-square-foot facility was a laborious $50 million undertaking for the construction team, but a labor of love for the staff and future patrons, that according to director Lisa Lessing, was made possible through mostly private fundraising after FEMA denied funding to the art museum after the 2008 flood. The Stanley Museum of Art is situated on the 500-year flood plain and was subsidized in part through a massive donation of $10 million from Dick and Mary Jo Stanley of Muscatine, who in turn will be the namesakes of the museum.
Jackson Pollock's "Mural" among the pieces on display
There will be a wide array of pieces on display for the opening and beyond, including the work of the acclaimed Jackson Pollock. His famous "Mural" has traveled here by way of the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, then onto the Sioux City Art Center, and around Europe and the United States. Find out more about the museum's other collections here.
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