A visitor reading a wall panel in the Main Library Gallery.

A Hub, a Network, an Archive: 55 Years of International Writers in Iowa City exhibit in the Main Library Gallery. Photo: Anne Bassett.

We are not currently seeking exhibit proposals. Check back in late 2024.

University of Iowa faculty and staff are invited to submit statements of interest during active proposal submission dates. Proposals from across campus are welcome. Exhibits for the Main Library Gallery must showcase materials from the University of Iowa Libraries. Exhibits are ultimately selected by the Gallery Advisory Team, which includes staff from across Libraries departments and a liaison from the Pentacrest Museums.

What is the Main Library Gallery?

The University of Iowa Libraries’ Main Library Gallery is a museum-quality exhibition space located on the ground floor of the Main Library. The Gallery is equipped with temperature and humidity controls, professional grade display cases with alarms, and low light, all of which make it a suitable environment for rare artifacts requiring special display conditions. The facility has the capacity to host exhibition-related public programs for up to 100 guests in person, and the Gallery is a member of the American Alliance of Museums. Two key purposes of the Gallery are to increase visibility of UI Libraries collections, and to share unique research from our campus community through those collections. 

Thinking about submitting a proposal?

If you are interested in submitting a proposal in the future, please review the Proposal Guidelines & Process and the list of past exhibitions. See the navigation menu for this page for all relevant information.


If you have questions about the exhibit proposal and/or selection process, please email Sara Pinkham, exhibition and engagement coordinator for the Main Library Gallery.