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Stanley Museum of Art Continues Legacy of Sharing Culture

August 31, 2022

IOWA CITY, Iowa–In 1969, the University of Iowa opened its first art museum, providing a home for the large collection of art the University had received from generous donors. Along with a collection of modern American and European art contributed by various donors, C. Maxwell and Elizabeth Stanley donated their collection of African Art. An outstanding contribution, this collection of art helped the University of Iowa stand out as a leader in art education and pioneer the practice of offering advanced art degrees.

In 2008, the University’s original museum became unusable because of flooding from the Iowa River. Knowing they needed a museum, the University started a capital campaign to create one, and Richard and Mary Jo Stanley continued the family tradition of supporting the arts by making a gift of $10 million to the project, which in part inspired the Stanley Consultants Charitable Fund to provide a $100,000 matching grant. The museum now honors them with its name, the University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art.