Gallery Hours:

10 am – 7 pm, Monday – Thursday

12 pm – 5 pm, Friday – Saturday; and by appointment.




Illuminating Manuscripts

August 22 – October 15 | October 27 – November 28 | December 8 – 17, 2016

Please note, the Gallery will be closed during the Thanksgiving break.


On September 15 at 6:00 p.m. in KAB 111, Musicologist Dr. Alison Alstatt will present a lecture titled "Strangers in a Strange Land: Spanish Chant Manuscript Leaves in the UNI Permanent Art Collection." In addition, medieval chants from the manuscript leaves will be performed by Cantorei directed by Dr. John Wiles.


Like the UNI Gallery of Art, the UNI Permanent Art Collection serves as an educational complement to the UNI Department of Art and as an educational, research, and cultural resource for the UNI and Iowa communities. The majority of 13th through 17th century illuminated manuscripts in the Collection were previously owned by Otto F. Ege, an early 20th century distributor of medieval books of hours, bibles, and various religious and secular manuscripts. The French and Spanish Gregorian chant pages in the Collection were purchased in Chicago in the late 1950s, one of which was most recently on display in the Gallery in 2013. The other two have now been conservation mounted, making it possible for all three to appear together for the first time.


"Illuminating Manuscripts" offers itself as a conversation between object and viewer. The exhibition showcases the medieval manuscripts in the UNI Permanent Art Collection augmented by holdings from Rod Library’s Special Collections. It explores aspects of culture, subject, artist, manufacture, and technique. The works, selected last spring by Dr. Charles Adelman, and Gallery Director, Darrell Taylor, were used as the basis for upper level art history research topics, the results of which accompany the works.