Main Library Gallery


All Main Library Gallery events are free to attend.


  • In Memory of Dr. Marvin Sackner

    The following was written by International Dada Curator Timothy Shipe It is with profound sorrow that we note the passing of Dr. Marvin Sackner on Tuesday, September 29 at age 88, just a few weeks after the opening of this exhibition. For those of us at Iowa, Dr. Sackner will be forever remembered […]

  • Remarkable Artistry: Sackner Archive in the Main Library Gallery

      The Main Library Gallery at the University of Iowa Libraries recently opened Sackner Archive, an exhibition featuring select pieces from the world-renowned Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry.   Founded by Ruth and Marvin Sackner in 1979 in Miami Beach, Florida, the […]

  • Virtual exhibition: ‘The Pull of Horses’

    While The Pull of Horses on National and Local Histories and Identities, curated by Dr. Kim Marra and Mark Anderson, is no longer on display in the Main Library Gallery, a virtual celebration of the Spring 2020 exhibition is available online! Learn more about the exhibit here, and find a link […]

  • Digital Scholarship and ‘The Pull of Horses’ Exhibit

    Article by Mark Anderson, Digital Scholarship & Collections Librarian, Digital Scholarship and Publishing Studio.   In 2016, University of Iowa Professor Kim Marra answered a call that the Digital Scholarship & Publishing Studio made to University of Iowa faculty to “Get Digital […]

  • Downtown Iowa City’s Horsey History

      Along with our ancestors, horses helped build Iowa City, the state, and the nation. In the process, they profoundly shaped human identities. The current Main Library Gallery exhibition, The Pull of Horses on National and Local Histories and Identities, explores the physical and social impact […]

  • The Sharing of Ideas and Making of Artwork: ‘Rising Together | Protest in Print’

    The Main Library Gallery’s current exhibition, Rising Together | Protest in Print, features a few historic examples of protest from Special Collections at the University of Iowa Libraries. Along with these pieces, such as Thomas Paine’s famous 1776 pamphlet entitled Common […]

  • Behind the Zines: ‘Rising Together | Protest in Print’

    When Julia Leonard was approached by the College Book Arts Association (CBAA) about hosting their traveling exhibition, Rising Together: An Exhibition of Artists’ Books, Prints and Zines with a Social Conscience, she knew it would be a great fit for the Main Library Gallery and a meaningful […]