The Iowa City Public Art Program was established by the Iowa City Council in 1997. The purpose of the Public Art Program in Iowa City is to enhance our public spaces, to capitalize on Iowa City's reputation as a cultural center, and to build on Iowa City's image as a vital place to live and work. By providing Arts and Culture programs that educate, entertain, stimulate and engage the public, Iowa City works to support the vitality of its diverse population, preserve and interpret Iowa City’s rich heritage, and enhance the desirability of Iowa City as a residence and destination.

The Public Art Advisory Committee was established to oversee the operations of the Public Art program and advise the City Council on potential sites that can be enhanced by the addition of public art and also recommend various pieces of artwork.

Request for Qualifications now being accepted for Robert A Lee Recreation Center - S.T.E.A.M. Wall Project

Deadline - Friday, December 23, 2016

The City of Iowa City Public Art Program is seeking artists, artist teams, engineers, architects or others interested in creating a permanent wall installation at Robert A Lee Recreation Center, 220 S Gilbert Street, Iowa City. This wall space (8’ wide x 15’ tall) is located on the top floor of the recreation center, in a very high traffic location and immediately visible when entering the building from the Gilbert Street entrance.

The goal of this project is to design and install an interactive, S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) based project that stimulates thought, conversation and creativity for the diverse demographic of visitors to the recreation center. The project should also incorporate as many of the following features as possible:

· interactivity providing multi-sensory experiences

· a cause and effect learning experience reflective of the STEAM curriculum

· accessibility to a wide range of abilities including but not limited to people with sight, sound, mobility or other limitations

· a sense of play that occurs throughout the rest of the recreation center

· interaction/connection/teamwork between multiple users of the project

· art – in any of its many forms

· minimal noise due to location near City offices

· relationship/connection to the Iowa City and/or Iowa community

· low to no maintenance operation

· antimicrobial if physical contact is necessary with the installation

For additional information see Request for Qualifications - S.T.E.A.M Wall Installation

2017 Public Art Matching Fund Program now accepting applications!

The City of Iowa City Public Art Advisory Committee (PAAC) will again be accepting applications for matching funds up to $2,000 for public art projects. Funded through the Iowa City Public Art Program, visual, audio, or performance-based art such as sculpture, murals, performances, readings, interactive exhibits, video projections, soundscapes, spoken word, and other mediums, will be considered.

To be eligible, proposals must be for projects that will be publicly accessible and viewable within Iowa City city limits. Art may be displayed or performed on private property with  property owner permission.

Proposals will be accepted and reviewed on a quarterly basis. Final selections will be determined by members of PAAC. Applications for the next call are due Friday, January 20, 2017. Proposals should be sent to Marcia Bollinger with the City’s Neighborhood and Development Services Department at The final deadline for this year's program will be April 21, 2017.

For more information, contact Marcia Bollinger at 319-356-5237 or

Call to artists

Application form

Draft Temporary Installation Policy


The College Green Park StairSteps art project
College Green Park StairSteps art project updates

The Iowa City Public Art Advisory Committee voted for submitted proposals from Johnson County artists and accepted the proposal from Aurora Green, a graphic designer, for the creation of art work on the risers of the steps located at the northwest corner of College Green Park located at 600 East College Street in Iowa City. The project named "Rainbow Road" was completed in August 2015 and the total budget was $3,000.  Check out the video produced by City Channel 4 featuring Aurora Green and "Rainbow Road".