A reduction of Iowa Citians in the streets hasn’t stopped local artists from beautifying them. Thomas Agran, director of public art for the Iowa City Downtown District, said that when the pandemic started affecting local businesses and jobs, his office mobilized to try to get projects in the hands of artists as quickly as possible. […]
A new mural from Iowa artists Robert Moore and Dana Harrison, titled “The Reciprocal of Humanity,” was formally unveiled Saturday night, July 4, on the side of the Market House on North Linn Street. Building project manager Ross Nusser recruited the artists, who have worked together frequently in the past, for the project. “I love […]
Backyard Abundance — an environmental education nonprofit based in Johnson County — and Marion artist Cara Briggs Farmer combined skills to remodel Chadek Green Park in 2018: the nonprofit designed a community garden, and Briggs Farmer created the “Three Sisters” art installation to complement it. “The three aluminum structures represent the three daughters of Carl […]
Linn County and Cedar Rapids are looking for artists to create new work of public art. Linn County needs both indoor and outdoor works for the new Dr. Percy and Lileah Harris building, and Cedar Rapids needs for a “pocket plaza” that scheduled to open later this year. […]
This year, the University of Iowa Grant Wood Symposium — now in its sixth biennial iteration — tackles the topic of public art. The symposium, a program of the UI Office of Outreach and Engagement, presented by the Grant Wood Art Colony, seeks to engage with Wood’s legacy, this year by exploring one of his greatest passions. […]
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Art isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when most people think about parking ramps, but neither is fresh produce and the Chauncey Swan Parking Ramps is home to the Iowa City Farmers Market. The Iowa City Public Art Program is now accepting submissions for a project to add art to the farmers market experience.
The Iowa City Downtown District (ICDD) announced today a new mural program that will distribute $22,500 in commissions to local artists able to “transform otherwise forgettable walls into community assets.” The commissions for five designated locations will come in $1500-$6000 increments: $1500 for 118 S Dubuque St (alley) The north side of the Fieldhouse building […]
“Meet me by the Buddha statue.” If you’re from the Iowa City area, quite a lot of you would know our rendezvous point immediately if I said this to you. “Meet me by the Brain.” If you’re a University of Iowa student and I said this to you, you’d know where to go.
The Buddha and the Brain are two relatively new public sculptures in the Iowa City community, now well-known enough that they’ve become landmarks with even a tradition or two attached to them. Funny thing is, the Buddha and the Brain are actually not those things at all — and yet they are. […]
When it became clear that a sewer renovation project on Washington Street in downtown Iowa City would obscure the streetscape for nearly eight months, the Iowa City Downtown District turned to local artist Thomas Agran for help. Agran has been responsible for the murals at both the Cedar Rapids and Iowa City New Pioneer Co-op […]