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Exhibit Your Art at the MU

Memorial Union Artist Submission Information

About the Art Exhibition Program: 

The art exhibition program has existed at the Memorial Union since the 1930s, when the Iowa artists’ show was brought from the State Fair and included works by Grant Wood and other Iowa notables. At that time, shows were installed in the Great Hall. When the 1953 and 1964 additions were completed, exhibits moved to the third floor into spaces designed for the display of art works. In the summer of 2020 the Browsing Library on the 1st floor was converted into a dedicated space called the Memorial Union Art Gallery and beginning in Fall 2020 all art exhibitions moved to this space.

Exhibit Space

Located in room 1568 on the 1st floor of the Memorial Union, the Gallery is open Monday - Friday from 11am-4pm and Sunday from 1-4pm. 

There is an on-site attendant during open hours who also manages sale inquiries.

Installation & Artwork Requirements

Two-dimensional artwork must be framed and have a hanging wire. 
Paintings on canvas must have finished edges and hanging wire.
Three-dimensional artwork must be less than 18” x 18” to fit into an enclosed display case, but larger pieces can be accomodated without covers.
Arrangement and installation is completed by the Gallery Coordinator with assistance from ISU student staff.

Application Process

Open call, year around, booking 1 – 3 years in advance.
Exhibits are 6-10 weeks depending on the time of year.
Email an artist’s statement, biography/resume and up to 10 images to, or a link to your website the all of the information is housed there.

Exhibiting artists are chosen by the Gallery Coordinator.


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