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UNI provides environment for public art

March 19, 2012

Tom Stancliffe, professor, art, 319-273-7684,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- This spring, with the completion of the University of Northern Iowa's Panther Village, a new work of public art will be revealed. The art is titled "Bower," by Lynn Basa, and will feature nine square columns topped by glass houses lit by LED lights.

Public art incubators are facilities that create low-cost space and services for small and emerging art organizations. Tom Stancliffe, a professor in art at UNI, has wanted to bring a public art incubator to campus, and knew that the art department could offer all required services.

The artwork is being assembled in UNI's new art incubator. The incubator provides a cooperative environment within the art department for regional artists in the production of their public art projects. An artist will work directly with faculty, technical staff and students to fabricate the art while utilizing the facilities.

"I see this public art incubator as providing regional artists with fabrication assistance, space and resources within the art department as they produce their commissioned public art projects," noted Stancliffe. "It's not a bad message to convey to students that they can make a living doing art."

For additional information, contact Stancliffe at 319-273-7684 or