Public Art

keeping you sewing mural

Keeping You Sewing Mural

Sean Tyler, a graduate student in the School of Art & Art History, collaborated with downtown Clinton officials and business owner Kim Rentz to design a mural that captures the character of both a downtown anchor business, Keeping You Sewing, and elements of Clinton's history and surroundings.  The "quilted" landscape, flowing away from the realistic sewing machine, showcase native Iowa flowers, the river connection, and Clinton's agricultural heritage. The mural was installed in August 2022.

Preston mural

Preston Mural

Visiting Assistant Professor Ali Hval designed and installed a mural in Preston, Iowa, that reflects the community's unique history and local assets.  

In 2019, Ali Hval received her MFA with Honors at the University of Iowa in Painting and Drawing with a minor concentration in Ceramics. Her work is interdisciplinary, combining mural painting, fabric, ceramic, sculpture, and installation.

Final Presentation to Partners

Preston Non-Motorized Connectivity

As part of the Senior Design Capstone Course, Civil & Environmental Engineering students designed sidewalk and trail improvements to increase non-motorized connectivity in Preston, Iowa. 

UI Art Building

Manchester Public Art project

MFA students will design and install a public art piece for the Manchester community, driven by a process of public engagement so that the piece reflects the values, stories and/or identity of the community.

Waterloo Public Art Piece

Waterloo Mural

Working closely with Waterloo’s Center for the Arts, MFA student Sean Tyler designed and installed two murals at the gateway to the downtown district.

North Liberty, Iowa

North Liberty Public Art Planning Recommendations

Graduate students in the course Growth Management in the School of Urban & Regional Planning completed a report outlining alternatives and best practices to inform future public art planning for the City of North Liberty.

Keokuk-Hamilton Dam Museum Mural

Keokuk-Hamilton Dam Museum Mural

Grant Wood Public Art resident Ali Hval worked closely with the Keokuk-Hamilton Dam Museum leadership to identify themes and imagery included in a mural on the side of their new home, 428 Main Street, Keokuk, including the design and installation of an awning and a mural design for the side of the building to be installed in the future.

Keokuk, Iowa is located on bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River and is well known for Lock and Dam No. 19, which listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Webster City solar sculpture

Webster City Solar Art Sculpture

Through a partnership between the University of Iowa Office of Outreach and Engagement, the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History, and the City of Webster City, Iowa, faculty member Dan Miller and his students designed and constructed a “solar sculpture” that will become a permanent installation of functional art in downtown Webster City.

Webster City mural

Webster City Downtown Mural

Graduate student Ali Hval designed a 12-panel mural for downtown Webster City.  

The mural celebrates Webster City's past, present, and future with colorful paintings that each represent an important person or aspect of the community.  Ali painted the mural with the help of members of the community.

Mural Design

"Building Our Brand" Downtown Murals - City Center Building Design Proposal

MFA student Ali Hval designed murals with "prairie style" themes for two downtown Mason City locations as part of the community's "Building Our Brand" campaign.  


Clinton Downtown Mural

MFA student Ali Hval designed and painted a mural in downtown Clinton, Iowa, assisted by fellow MFA student Marina Ross.

Artist Ali Hval was selected by the Office of Outreach & Engagement to design and install a mural for an exterior wall located in downtown Clinton.  She recruited fellow artist and MFA student Marina Ross to provide assistance. The project was made possible by a collaboration between two university outreach and engagement programs, Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities (IISC) and Arts Share. 


"Building Our Brand" Downtown Murals - Brick Furniture Design & Installation

MFA student Ali Hval designed murals with "prairie style" themes for two downtown Mason City locations as part of the community's "Building Our Brand" campaign.   Ali also painted the mural designed for the Brick Furniture building.