Rod Library--Special Collections

Outdoor Sculpture at the University of Northern Iowa

The University of Northern Iowa campus features many large outdoor sculptures. Most of these works are the result of Iowa Code 304A.10, which requires that one half of one percent of the budget for new or significantly renovated state buildings be devoted to the purchase of works of art.

Over the last thirty years, local and nationally-known artists have worked in various media to produce the large pieces scattered around campus. The installation of some pieces has provoked storms of critical reaction. Other pieces seemed to fit so well into the landscape that few people noticed them.

Staff in the Special Collections Division of the Rod Library have compiled information and selected images relating to most of the major outdoor pieces of sculpture on campus. If you need more information about these sculptures, other campus artworks, or different facets of UNI history and tradition, please visit or call Special Collections.


Created by Susan Basye, Library Assistant
Special Collections and University Archives
December 1997

Rod Library Special Collections and University Archives
University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, Iowa 50613-3675
Telephone: (319)-273-6307
Fax: (319)-273-2913