Discover Hidden Gems By Taking A Walking Tour Of Art on Campus

Stepping Out, Elizabeth Catlett, 2000

It would be nice if there was an app for everything.  It would be really nice if there was an app to guide you on a tour of The University of Iowa’s art on campus. I’d bet big bucks that most of this University’s students have never seen or noticed many of the great artworks commissioned just for our campus and they are pretty remarkable and hold a lot of history.  Today I re-discovered five works that I walk by on a daily basis. My tour started in the Iowa Memorial Union and ended at the Lindquist Center and I did not even cover half of the awesome art on campus. Next time you have a bit of free space in your day, take a stroll and discover these inspiring works and more.


  • Start on the main floor of the IMU. There you will find the bronze sculpture by Catlett along with descriptions of the work. All of the art on campus that is located inside is labeled which is a nice plus.
  • Next head out of the IMU to Madison St. and take a left. Walk behind the IMU and the Advanced Technology Laboratories and you will see the aluminum work by LeWitt.
  • Head back to Madison and up the hill to the Pomerantz Building to find the carver boulder by Randall-Page.
  • Walk across the Pentacrest to the Lindquist Center where the cor-ten steel sculpture by Nevelson is located.
  • Finally, head down the path across the street to the Adler Journalism Building and you will see the metallic cylinder by Sanborn, which looks especially amazing in the dark!

Voyage, Louise Nevelson, 1978

Iacto, James Sandborn, 2004

2-3-1-1, Sol LeWitt, 1994

Ridge and Furrow, Peter Randall-Page, 2011

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2 Responses to Discover Hidden Gems By Taking A Walking Tour Of Art on Campus

  1. This is great, Carly. There is something so wonderful about taking a stroll while appreciating art left behind by lovers of beauty and creativity. What I love most about certain cities is their ability to showcase, in the most public of ways, the ethos of the community through murals, statues and parks. Looks like a beautiful city.

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