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University of Iowa News Release


Nov. 15, 2007

Note: To view a slideshow sampling the images in the Iowa Gallery see:

PHOTO: Abstact study by Derrin Pigg, School of Art & Art History Graduate Archive.

University of Iowa Libraries unveil the Iowa Gallery digital art collections

Now you can stroll through the University of Iowa Museum of Art galleries from your desktop, browse works created by Iowa artists for the Daily Palette, or search through 40 years of graduate student art online, thanks to a new resource offered by University of Iowa Libraries.

This array of digitized artwork is now available through "The Iowa Gallery: Digitized Art Collections of the University of Iowa" at

The Iowa Gallery currently provides expanded and integrated access to more than 15,000 images from the museum's permanent collection, the School of Art and Art History Graduate Archive, and the Daily Palette.

"As an academic museum, education is our primary mission, and the Iowa Gallery digital collection will make our entire collection available to a very wide audience online," Howard Collinson, director of the UI Museum of Art, said. "The visual arts are one of humanity's basic means of understanding the world and we are pleased to be able to share our collections of art from many centuries and many cultures with educators and students."

The UI has inspired creativity and innovation in the arts for generations. Iowa was one of the first to accept creative work for graduate theses, and to confer the Master of Fine Arts degree. Much of the history of art at the university and its surrounding communities has been documented and digitized by the School of Art and Art History in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and by the UI Museum of Art.

The Iowa Gallery provides improved integrated access to these digitized collections and enhanced searchability for all of them. Developed and maintained by the Digital Library Services department of University of Iowa Libraries, the Iowa Gallery is designed to support research and scholarship by students, faculty and staff.

"The Iowa Digital Gallery is a remarkable collaborative project that offers access to significant visual resources from the rich and diverse university collections," said Dorothy Johnson, director of the School of Art and Art History. "The Gallery provides a rapid and direct means of viewing individual works from the School of Art and Art History's extensive and unique collection of graduate student art, much of which is dispersed and exhibited throughout the campus. We are delighted that these outstanding works are now immediately accessible to a very wide audience."

Joni Kinsey, a UI professor of art history described her experience with the Iowa Gallery: "This fall I have used the Iowa Gallery digital collection for my class The Art Museum: Theory and Practice. My students were able to view the Lee Collection of Etching Revival Prints on their own time and from their own computers. In class we had wonderful discussions of the works, because the students were able to spend more time with the pieces. This is a terrific resource."

"The Libraries staff is very excited about the opportunity to collaborate with members of the academic community on this project," Nicole Saylor, head of Digital Library Services, added. "By combining their subject expertise with our expertise in information organization and technology, we can work together to create permanent, user-friendly digital collections that better serve scholars both here on campus and worldwide."

The Iowa Digital Library contains nearly 90,000 digital objects -- photographs, maps, sound recordings and documents -- from libraries and archives at UI and their partnering institutions. The Iowa Digital Library also includes faculty research collections and bibliographic tools.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACTS: Kristi Bontrager, University of Iowa Libraries, 319-335-5960; George McCrory, University News Services, 319-384-0012,