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Iowa City looking to add public art celebrating the farmers market to Chauncey Swan Parking Ramp
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.
Call for submissions: More than $20k available for Iowa City muralists
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 […]
UR Here: Creating community through communal creation of meaning
“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. […]
New deal: Interactive public art installation comes to downtown
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 […]
Gnats, rain, paint and pattern: An interview with artist Meggan Fisher
Tis the season to see the latest iterations of artist “BenchMarks” benches in downtown Iowa City. Now in its third year, the public art program is sponsored… […]