Joint calendar of events for both the UI Museum of Natural History and Old Capitol Museum:

UIPM Calendar of Events

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Stanley Creates | Wacky Wednesday by Dr. Seuss

Saturday, February 24, 2024 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Stanley Museum of Art
Join us to read Dr. Seuss's book Wacky Wednesday and make your own wacky creation with a mystery bag of art supplies. Each participant will receive a bag filled with a variety of materials to use their imaginations to assemble their own masterpiece. Workshop led by Debra Marqusee. Stanley Creates is planned with families in mind; UI students are also welcome to attend. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited so please reserve your spot here.
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Write at the Stanley: A Generative Writing Workshop

Sunday, February 25, 2024 2:30pm to 4:30pm
Stanley Museum of Art
Join us monthly to generate new creative writing inspired by works in the Stanley collection. Each session will be led by a different talented writer from our area, who will be offering a new prompt and a new approach to ekphrastic writing (writing inspired by visual art). Bring your own notebook and pencil or computer and leave with the beginning of a newly written piece. Co-sponsored by Iowa City Poetry. Teen and adult writers in all genres are welcome. Write at the Stanley meets every fourth...
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Study Hall @ the Museum of Natural History

Wednesday, February 28, 2024 12:00pm
Macbride Hall
The Museum of Natural History welcomes students each week for a study session in our galleries. We'll provide the snacks, cushions, and ambiance. You bring your planners, textbooks, or assignments. Together, we'll stay ahead of our goals this semester.
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Art & Write Night

Friday, March 1, 2024 6:00pm to 8:00pm
University of Iowa Museum of Natural History
Join the long, rich, historical tradition of artists creating in our spaces. Professional, aspiring, and amateur artists alike, make our museum your muse. The return of this popular program series welcomes guests into the Museum of Natural History's magical gallery spaces after-hours to work on sketching or writing projects with other campus and community artists. Tell a friend, grab a notebook, and join us on the first Friday of each month. We'll provide a new inspo prompt for each session...
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Piano Sundays at the Old Capitol: Doreen Lee and UI Collaborative Pianists

Sunday, March 3, 2024 1:30pm
Old Capitol Museum
Piano Sundays at the Old Capitol: Doreen Lee and UI Collaborative Pianists Please join us and mark your calendar for other performances in this year's series: Sunday, Oct. 1, 2023 1:30 p.m.: Ksenia Nosikova and Studio Sunday, Nov. 5, 2023 1:30 p.m.: Alan Huckleberry and Studio Sunday, March 3, 2024 1:30 p.m.: Doreen Lee and UI Collaborative Pianists Sunday, April 7, 2024 1:30 p.m.: Réne Lecuona and Studio This concert is free and open to the public. 

"A New Place for the Ndee: Appearance of the Plains Apache" - Matthew E. Hill, Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Iowa

Monday, March 4, 2024 5:30pm
Art Building West
In the early 13th century, Athapaskan speakers from Canada entered the Great Basin and the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains creating opportunities for later ancestral Apache groups to move into the southern and central Great Plains. These groups were the ancestors of modern Plains and Lipan Apache people who figured so prominently in Great Plains ethnohistoric records in the 1500s to 1800s. In this talk Dr. Hill will summarize our current understanding of the archaeological record for...
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Study Hall @ the Museum of Natural History

Wednesday, March 6, 2024 12:00pm
Macbride Hall
The Museum of Natural History welcomes students each week for a study session in our galleries. We'll provide the snacks, cushions, and ambiance. You bring your planners, textbooks, or assignments. Together, we'll stay ahead of our goals this semester.
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Curator Guided Tour with Eric Ensley and Emily Martin

Wednesday, March 6, 2024 4:00pm to 5:00pm
University of Iowa Main Library
Join co-curators Eric Ensley and Emily Martin for a special guided tour of the Making the Book, Past and Present exhibition in the Main Library Gallery! All are welcome to attend this free event.    About the exhibit:    Making the Book, Past and Present explores the intersections of history, art, and practicality. What can we learn by placing books, materials, and makers from the Middle Ages through today in conversation with one another? Many techniques and materials common centuries ago...
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Night At The Museum: Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

Thursday, March 7, 2024 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Stanley Museum of Art
This March, we're doing something a little different.  For our next installment of Nights at the Museum—a series of events for UI students that occur monthly on Thursday nights, when the Stanley is open late--we're running a month long Wikipedia Edit-a-thon in partnership with Art Hawks and LGBTQ Iowa Archives & Library in recognition of Women's History Month. This event has both synchronous and asynchronous elements. Use the provided materials any time to make edits to Wikipedia pages on your...
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Study Hall @ the Museum of Natural History

Wednesday, March 13, 2024 12:00pm
Macbride Hall
The Museum of Natural History welcomes students each week for a study session in our galleries. We'll provide the snacks, cushions, and ambiance. You bring your planners, textbooks, or assignments. Together, we'll stay ahead of our goals this semester.
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Study Hall @ the Museum of Natural History

Wednesday, March 20, 2024 12:00pm
Macbride Hall
The Museum of Natural History welcomes students each week for a study session in our galleries. We'll provide the snacks, cushions, and ambiance. You bring your planners, textbooks, or assignments. Together, we'll stay ahead of our goals this semester.
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Exhibition Spotlight: Living with Smoke

Wednesday, March 20, 2024 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Virtual
The Pentacrest Museums host a free virtual program to explore the impact of smoke on public health in the Western and Midwestern United States with UI researchers and area org experts.
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Prompt for the Planet Workshop

Thursday, March 21, 2024 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Iowa Memorial Union (IMU)
Join Melinda Myers, Assistant Professor of Contemporary Dance and Choreography, for a fun Prompt for the Planet workshop that lets you connect with nature through art!  Whether you're an experienced artist or just starting to dip your toes into the world of creativity, this workshop is open to all skill levels. Space is limited!  Please register at https://uiowa.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5tmleArm2C7Lnds
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David Goist | The Unvarnished Truth

Saturday, March 23, 2024 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Stanley Museum of Art
Join us for a talk on Saturday, March 23 at 2 p.m. featuring painting conservator and UIowa alum, David Goist. His presentation, aptly titled "The Unvarnished Truth," focuses on unvarnished paintings from the late 19th and 20th century and the artistic motivations behind leaving works unfinished. Applying a varnish to safeguard the delicate layers of a painting is a centuries-old tradition that offers a certain visual appeal but can alter the artist's original vision. Goist will reflect upon his...
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Prompt for the Planet Workshop

Sunday, March 24, 2024 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Iowa Memorial Union (IMU)
Join Melinda Myers, Assistant Professor of Contemporary Dance and Choreography, for a fun Prompt for the Planet workshop that lets you connect with nature through art!  Whether you're an experienced artist or just starting to dip your toes into the world of creativity, this workshop is open to all skill levels. Space is limited!  Please register at https://uiowa.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5tmleArm2C7Lnds
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Write at the Stanley: A Generative Writing Workshop

Sunday, March 24, 2024 2:30pm to 4:30pm
Stanley Museum of Art
Join us monthly to generate new creative writing inspired by works in the Stanley collection. Each session will be led by a different talented writer from our area, who will be offering a new prompt and a new approach to ekphrastic writing (writing inspired by visual art). Bring your own notebook and pencil or computer and leave with the beginning of a newly written piece. Co-sponsored by Iowa City Poetry. Teen and adult writers in all genres are welcome. Write at the Stanley meets every fourth...

"Gardens of Commemoration: From Rome to America" - Victoria Austen, Robert A. Oden, Jr. Postdoctoral Fellow for Innovation in the Humanities and Classics, Carleton College

Monday, March 25, 2024 5:00pm
Art Building West
Throughout history, gardens have come to be understood as a powerful setting in which societies embed a series of beliefs, myths, and fictions. A garden may well be a physical place, but it also has the potential to transcend its physicality through the actions that take place there and the meanings these actions produce. However, as John Dixon Hunt (2004) has argued, we tend to be drawn more towards origin stories of gardens, focusing on the initiation of sites and the original designs or...
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Facing the Inferno: Visiting Artist Kari Greer

Tuesday, March 26, 2024 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Old Capitol Museum
The Pentacrest Museums host Kari Greer for a special event to discuss themes of her exhibition Facing the Inferno: The Wildfire Photography of Kari Greer. Greer will be joined by UI Faculty involved with Living With Smoke initiative.
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Interacting with Renaissance Books: Guest Lecture with Dr. Suzanne Karr Schmidt

Tuesday, March 26, 2024 6:30pm to 7:30pm
University of Iowa Main Library
This lecture looks at the continuing life and uses of some very old books in and outside of the Making the Book, Past and Present exhibition. Starting from one of the biggest in both scale and edition size, the 1493 Nuremberg Chronicle, which was printed from hundreds of woodcut blocks, to others containing mystical puzzles or movable parts, no two copies of a pre-modern book were ever the same. This look at annotating, collecting, and censoring them, as well as keeping things in them will show...
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Study Hall @ the Museum of Natural History

Wednesday, March 27, 2024 12:00pm
Macbride Hall
The Museum of Natural History welcomes students each week for a study session in our galleries. We'll provide the snacks, cushions, and ambiance. You bring your planners, textbooks, or assignments. Together, we'll stay ahead of our goals this semester.
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Prompt for the Planet Workshop

Thursday, March 28, 2024 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Iowa Memorial Union (IMU)
Join Melinda Myers, Assistant Professor of Contemporary Dance and Choreography, for a fun Prompt for the Planet workshop that lets you connect with nature through art!  Whether you're an experienced artist or just starting to dip your toes into the world of creativity, this workshop is open to all skill levels. Space is limited!  Please register at https://uiowa.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5tmleArm2C7Lnds
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Study Hall @ the Museum of Natural History

Wednesday, April 3, 2024 12:00pm
Macbride Hall
The Museum of Natural History welcomes students each week for a study session in our galleries. We'll provide the snacks, cushions, and ambiance. You bring your planners, textbooks, or assignments. Together, we'll stay ahead of our goals this semester.
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Art & Write Night

Friday, April 5, 2024 6:00pm to 8:00pm
University of Iowa Museum of Natural History
Join the long, rich, historical tradition of artists creating in our spaces. Professional, aspiring, and amateur artists alike, make our museum your muse. The return of this popular program series welcomes guests into the Museum of Natural History's magical gallery spaces after-hours to work on sketching or writing projects with other campus and community artists. Tell a friend, grab a notebook, and join us on the first Friday of each month. We'll provide a new inspo prompt for each session...
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Piano Sundays at the Old Capitol: Réne Lecuona and Studio

Sunday, April 7, 2024 1:30pm
Old Capitol Museum
Piano Sundays at the Old Capitol: Réne Lecuona and Studio Please join us and mark your calendar for other performances in this year's series: Sunday, Oct. 1, 2023 1:30 p.m.: Ksenia Nosikova and Studio Sunday, Nov. 5, 2023 1:30 p.m.: Alan Huckleberry and Studio Sunday, March 3, 2024 1:30 p.m.: Doreen Lee and UI Collaborative Pianists Sunday, April 7, 2024 1:30 p.m.: Réne Lecuona and Studio lic. 
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Study Hall @ the Museum of Natural History

Wednesday, April 10, 2024 12:00pm
Macbride Hall
The Museum of Natural History welcomes students each week for a study session in our galleries. We'll provide the snacks, cushions, and ambiance. You bring your planners, textbooks, or assignments. Together, we'll stay ahead of our goals this semester.
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Judging Books by Covers: History in the Making

Thursday, April 11, 2024 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Virtual
A Virtual Curator Talk with Eric Ensley and Emily Martin Join Eric Ensley and Emily Martin, co-curators of Making the Book, Past and Present, for a behind-the-scenes look at their Main Library Gallery exhibition. Find out how they decided which Special Collections & Archives materials to share with visitors, discover more about some of the curators' favorite items, and learn why it is so important to show modern book art in conversation with historic books.  Registration is required to attend...
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Night At The Museum: Pizza & Paint

Thursday, April 11, 2024 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Stanley Museum of Art
Join us for our next installment of Night at the Museum—a series of monthly events for students that occur Thursday nights, when the museum is open late.  This month we're hosting a paint-and-sip-style creative workshop! More information to come. 
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Joseph Graves: Race, Health, and the Built Microbiome

Friday, April 12, 2024 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Biology Building East
Race, Health and the Built Biodome: Seminar presentation by Joseph Graves Jr., Professor of Biological Science at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.
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Harmit Malik. Rules of Engagement: Molecular Arms Races Between Primate and Viral Genomes.

Friday, April 12, 2024 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Biology Building East
Rules of Engagement: Molecular Arms Races Between Primate and Viral Genomes. A seminar talk by Harmit Malik.
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Joseph Graves. A Voice in the Wilderness: A Pioneering Biologist Discusses How Evolution Can Help Us Solve Some of Our Biggest Problems

Saturday, April 13, 2024 10:45am to 11:30am
Phillips Hall
A Voice in the Wilderness: A Pioneering Biologist Discusses How Evolution Can Help Us Solve Some of Our Biggest Problems. A public talk by Joseph Graves
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Study Hall @ the Museum of Natural History

Wednesday, April 17, 2024 12:00pm
Macbride Hall
The Museum of Natural History welcomes students each week for a study session in our galleries. We'll provide the snacks, cushions, and ambiance. You bring your planners, textbooks, or assignments. Together, we'll stay ahead of our goals this semester.
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Study Hall @ the Museum of Natural History

Wednesday, April 24, 2024 12:00pm
Macbride Hall
The Museum of Natural History welcomes students each week for a study session in our galleries. We'll provide the snacks, cushions, and ambiance. You bring your planners, textbooks, or assignments. Together, we'll stay ahead of our goals this semester.
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Write at the Stanley: A Generative Writing Workshop

Sunday, April 28, 2024 2:30pm to 4:30pm
Stanley Museum of Art
Join us monthly to generate new creative writing inspired by works in the Stanley collection. Each session will be led by a different talented writer from our area, who will be offering a new prompt and a new approach to ekphrastic writing (writing inspired by visual art). Bring your own notebook and pencil or computer and leave with the beginning of a newly written piece. Co-sponsored by Iowa City Poetry. Teen and adult writers in all genres are welcome. Write at the Stanley meets every fourth...
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Study Hall @ the Museum of Natural History

Wednesday, May 1, 2024 12:00pm
Macbride Hall
The Museum of Natural History welcomes students each week for a study session in our galleries. We'll provide the snacks, cushions, and ambiance. You bring your planners, textbooks, or assignments. Together, we'll stay ahead of our goals this semester.
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Curator Guided Tour with Eric Ensley and Emily Martin

Wednesday, May 1, 2024 4:00pm to 5:00pm
University of Iowa Main Library
Join co-curators Eric Ensley and Emily Martin for a special guided tour of the Making the Book, Past and Present exhibition in the Main Library Gallery! All are welcome to attend this free event.    About the exhibit:    Making the Book, Past and Present explores the intersections of history, art, and practicality. What can we learn by placing books, materials, and makers from the Middle Ages through today in conversation with one another? Many techniques and materials common centuries ago...
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Art & Write Night

Friday, May 3, 2024 6:00pm to 8:00pm
University of Iowa Museum of Natural History
Join the long, rich, historical tradition of artists creating in our spaces. Professional, aspiring, and amateur artists alike, make our museum your muse. The return of this popular program series welcomes guests into the Museum of Natural History's magical gallery spaces after-hours to work on sketching or writing projects with other campus and community artists. Tell a friend, grab a notebook, and join us on the first Friday of each month. We'll provide a new inspo prompt for each session...
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Study at the Stanley

Tuesday, May 7, 2024 10:00am to 4:00pm
Stanley Museum of Art
Make the Stanley your study spot for finals week. We'll have free coffee, lemonade, punch, and snacks available all day Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday (10 a.m.–4 p.m.). Stop by for a few hours to study for your exams: grab a snack, replenish your study supplies (we'll have post-its, highlighters, and more) and take a quick break—either by exploring the galleries or playing with a fidget toy.
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Study at the Stanley

Wednesday, May 8, 2024 10:00am to 4:00pm
Stanley Museum of Art
Make the Stanley your study spot for finals week. We'll have free coffee, lemonade, punch, and snacks available all day Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday (10 a.m.–4 p.m.). Stop by for a few hours to study for your exams: grab a snack, replenish your study supplies (we'll have post-its, highlighters, and more) and take a quick break—either by exploring the galleries or playing with a fidget toy.
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Study at the Stanley

Thursday, May 9, 2024 10:00am to 4:00pm
Stanley Museum of Art
Make the Stanley your study spot for finals week. We'll have free coffee, lemonade, punch, and snacks available all day Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday (10 a.m.–4 p.m.). Stop by for a few hours to study for your exams: grab a snack, replenish your study supplies (we'll have post-its, highlighters, and more) and take a quick break—either by exploring the galleries or playing with a fidget toy.
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Write at the Stanley: A Generative Writing Workshop

Sunday, May 26, 2024 2:30pm to 4:30pm
Stanley Museum of Art
Join us monthly to generate new creative writing inspired by works in the Stanley collection. Each session will be led by a different talented writer from our area, who will be offering a new prompt and a new approach to ekphrastic writing (writing inspired by visual art). Bring your own notebook and pencil or computer and leave with the beginning of a newly written piece. Co-sponsored by Iowa City Poetry. Teen and adult writers in all genres are welcome. Write at the Stanley meets every fourth...
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Art & Write Night

Friday, June 7, 2024 6:00pm to 8:00pm
University of Iowa Museum of Natural History
Join the long, rich, historical tradition of artists creating in our spaces. Professional, aspiring, and amateur artists alike, make our museum your muse. The return of this popular program series welcomes guests into the Museum of Natural History's magical gallery spaces after-hours to work on sketching or writing projects with other campus and community artists. Tell a friend, grab a notebook, and join us on the first Friday of each month. We'll provide a new inspo prompt for each session...
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Art & Write Night

Friday, July 5, 2024 6:00pm to 8:00pm
University of Iowa Museum of Natural History
Join the long, rich, historical tradition of artists creating in our spaces. Professional, aspiring, and amateur artists alike, make our museum your muse. The return of this popular program series welcomes guests into the Museum of Natural History's magical gallery spaces after-hours to work on sketching or writing projects with other campus and community artists. Tell a friend, grab a notebook, and join us on the first Friday of each month. We'll provide a new inspo prompt for each session...
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Art & Write Night

Friday, August 2, 2024 6:00pm to 8:00pm
University of Iowa Museum of Natural History
Join the long, rich, historical tradition of artists creating in our spaces. Professional, aspiring, and amateur artists alike, make our museum your muse. The return of this popular program series welcomes guests into the Museum of Natural History's magical gallery spaces after-hours to work on sketching or writing projects with other campus and community artists. Tell a friend, grab a notebook, and join us on the first Friday of each month. We'll provide a new inspo prompt for each session...
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Art & Write Night

Friday, September 6, 2024 6:00pm to 8:00pm
University of Iowa Museum of Natural History
Join the long, rich, historical tradition of artists creating in our spaces. Professional, aspiring, and amateur artists alike, make our museum your muse. The return of this popular program series welcomes guests into the Museum of Natural History's magical gallery spaces after-hours to work on sketching or writing projects with other campus and community artists. Tell a friend, grab a notebook, and join us on the first Friday of each month. We'll provide a new inspo prompt for each session...
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Art & Write Night

Friday, October 4, 2024 6:00pm to 8:00pm
University of Iowa Museum of Natural History
Join the long, rich, historical tradition of artists creating in our spaces. Professional, aspiring, and amateur artists alike, make our museum your muse. The return of this popular program series welcomes guests into the Museum of Natural History's magical gallery spaces after-hours to work on sketching or writing projects with other campus and community artists. Tell a friend, grab a notebook, and join us on the first Friday of each month. We'll provide a new inspo prompt for each session...
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Art & Write Night

Friday, November 1, 2024 6:00pm to 8:00pm
University of Iowa Museum of Natural History
Join the long, rich, historical tradition of artists creating in our spaces. Professional, aspiring, and amateur artists alike, make our museum your muse. The return of this popular program series welcomes guests into the Museum of Natural History's magical gallery spaces after-hours to work on sketching or writing projects with other campus and community artists. Tell a friend, grab a notebook, and join us on the first Friday of each month. We'll provide a new inspo prompt for each session...
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Art & Write Night

Friday, December 6, 2024 6:00pm to 8:00pm
University of Iowa Museum of Natural History
Join the long, rich, historical tradition of artists creating in our spaces. Professional, aspiring, and amateur artists alike, make our museum your muse. The return of this popular program series welcomes guests into the Museum of Natural History's magical gallery spaces after-hours to work on sketching or writing projects with other campus and community artists. Tell a friend, grab a notebook, and join us on the first Friday of each month. We'll provide a new inspo prompt for each session...
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Art & Write Night

Friday, February 7, 2025 6:00pm to 8:00pm
University of Iowa Museum of Natural History
Join the long, rich, historical tradition of artists creating in our spaces. Professional, aspiring, and amateur artists alike, make our museum your muse. The return of this popular program series welcomes guests into the Museum of Natural History's magical gallery spaces after-hours to work on sketching or writing projects with other campus and community artists. Tell a friend, grab a notebook, and join us on the first Friday of each month. We'll provide a new inspo prompt for each session...