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.

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Current Public Art Opportunities 


Public Art Matching Fund Grants Available for 2017- 2018  

Deadlines: Friday, Oct. 20, 2017 and Friday, March 23, 2018

The City of Iowa City Public Art Advisory Committee (PAAC) has once again funded its Matching Grant Project, announcing that it will provide up to $2,000 in matching funds for public art projects in 2017 and 2018. The first deadline for proposals is October 20, 2017.

Funded through the Iowa City Public Art Program, the Matching Grant Project will consider visual, audio, or performance-based art such as sculpture, murals, performances, readings, interactive exhibits, video projections, soundscapes, spoken word, and other mediums. 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.

Call to Artists


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Proposals for the first round of funding are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, October 20, 2017. The deadline for the second round is 5 p.m. on Friday, March 23, 2018.  Applications should be sent to Marcia Bollinger with the City’s Neighborhood and Development Services Department at

Final selections will be determined by members of PAAC.

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

This grant is made possible by the Iowa City Public Art Program.