September 7, 2017

University of Iowa Begins Search for New Museum Director

IOWA CITY, IOWA—The University of Iowa will move forward with a search for a replacement for a director of its art museum, reports Jeff Charis-Carlson of the Iowa City Press-Citizen. The University of Iowa Museum of Art has been without a director since January 2017 when Sean O’Harrow left the institution for the Honolulu Museum of Art; Jim Leach, a former congressman and law professor at the university has served as interim director in the absence of a permanent replacement. The search for a new director is led by John Culshaw, university librarian, and Steve McGuire, professor and interim director of the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History.

The search follows recent approval by the Iowa Board of Regents of the university’s museum expansion plans. In August, the University of Iowa released designs for a new permanent museum building on its campus, nine years after a flood damaged its existing facilities. The new building is expected to open in late 2019 at a cost of $50 million.

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