The Building Campaign for the
University of Iowa Museum of Art
Frequently Asked Questions
We will be situated on the site of the current surface parking lot that is close to the corner of Burlington and Front Streets, adjacent to Gibson Square Park and between the University of Iowa Main Library and the UI Campus Recreation and Wellness Center.
BNIM, of Des Moines, is the architectural firm working on the project. This firm has experience in the museum industry and also has worked on other UI projects, including the new Visual Arts Building, a project on which they collaborated with renowned architect Steven Holl. Rod Kruse is the lead BNIM architect on the project.
Our reimagined home will be a 60,000-square-foot space, with more than 16,500 square feet of exhibition space and 2,200 square feet of outdoor gallery space.
Construction will begin in 2018, with substantial completion planned for 2019 and a public opening in 2020.
Our new museum facility will feature underground parking on site.
The project’s estimated cost is $50 million, which will be funded through a combination of private support and University of Iowa facility corporation bonds.
Our building will exceed the mark for the 500-year flood plain by four feet.
Yes, our admission will remain free.
Yes, the collection storage area in the new building will allow us to accommodate all of our collections.
All of our galleries will showcase collection highlights.
Yes. It will be on display in one of the second-floor galleries.