Project Art at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

Project Art oversees the care of more than 5,800 objects, including more than 2,200 framed posters and 3,900 works of original art. These feature a variety of media, such as drawing, printmaking, painting, sculpture, ceramic art, fiber art, photography, and mixed media. The artwork selected seeks to soothe, stimulate, and educate the hospital audience.

UI Hospitals and Clinics supports the policy of purchasing many works of art to ensure a wide variety of artwork to meet the needs of the diverse hospital audience. By selecting a greater number of art objects, Project Art is able to place works throughout most of the public corridors, reception areas and family lounges.

Acquisitions are approved by the UI Hospitals and Clinics' Art Acquisitions Advisory Committee, which reviews purchases for quality, suitability to the hospital environment, credentials of the artist, and appropriateness of the work to the collection.

The history of Project Art

Shoes, Lithograph on paper, 19 1/2" x 29", 1980

Philip Guston (1913–1980) was born in Montreal and grew up in Los Angeles where he attended Manual Arts High School with Jackson Pollock. After being expelled from school, marking the end of his formal arts education, Guston became a self-taught artist. In 1935 he moved to New York where he painted murals for the Works Progress Administration. After a few years, he removed himself from the urban art scene by moving to Woodstock, New York and later to Iowa City where he taught at the University of Iowa from 1941–1945. Guston spent most of the rest of his career teaching at various universities throughout the country and working in New York City and Woodstock. While he is best known for the non-objective art he created as a member of the New York School, he created figurative art as well—at the beginning of his career and again when he painted his controversial canvases of the 1970s.

Shoes is part of Project Art's permanent collection, and is located on Level 4 of the John Papajohn Pavilion.

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on September 11, 2017

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