March 18, 2019

Nine University of Iowa students spent spring break studying the practice, history, and theory surrounding public art projects. 

Spurred by increased interest from communities across Iowa for public art projects, the Office of Outreach and Engagement and the Stanley Museum of Art developed this new Grant Wood Public Art Residency at the University of Iowa. Participants in the week-long, intensive residency were selected through a competitive application process and demonstrated interest in and aptitude for creating art in public spaces and community engagement. The group included both University of Iowa undergraduate and graduate students. They learned about design, community engagement, urban and regional planning, engaged practice, materials, ownership, presentation skills, and more.


Public Art Residency, West Branch, Iowa

Thomas Agran, director of public art, Iowa City Downtown District; MFA Painting, Indiana University

Vero Rose Smith, associate curator, Stanley Museum of Art; MDesS Art, Design, and the Public Domain, Harvard, MA Art and Architectural History, University of Iowa


  • Alexis Beucler, Painting, MFA
  • Dawson Davenport, Printmaking. MFA
  • Drew Etienne, Painting, MFA
  • Eden Hall, Jewelry & Metal Arts, MFA
  • Katlynne Hummell, Painting & Drawing, BFA
  • Ali Hval, Painting & Drawing, MFA
  • Gabrielle Kershaw, Engineering, BS
  • Janiece Maddox, Undergraduate
  • Dayon Royster, Printmaking, MFA
Publication Source: 
Office of Outreach and Engagement