UIU in 3D


It's time to take the next step in the Upper Iowa University art program. 

Building on the already strong foundation in the arts and the 2007 renovation of Edgar Fine Arts Hall, the UIU art department is planning a new project to create a free-standing art studio to house UIU ceramics and sculpture courses (see proposed building below). The $500,000 fundraising project will build on UIU's long history of serving students developing their skills in the fine arts.

In 2007 Edgar Fine Arts renovation expanded and updated the graphic design and two-dimensional areas and established the Bing Davis Memorial Gallery. With the growth of the art department and the expansion into 3-dimensional mediums taught by Professor Elissa Wenthe, who was hired in 2008 to teach ceramics and sculpture courses, Edgar Fine Arts Hall can no longer hold all of the creativity of UIU art students and faculty.  UIU needs a 3-D Studio for sculpture and ceramics.

The "UIU in 3D" initiative will create adequate and safe space for creation of three-dimensional artwork, which will enhance academic teaching and learning at UIU.

Please help add more dimension to art instruction at UIU.

Donate Now

Or contact:

Elissa Wenthe
Associate Professor of Art
563-425-5850 (office)
563-380-4764 (mobile)

Andrew Wenthe
Vice President for External Affairs
563-425-5348 (office)

Scope of the project:


  • Immediately East of Edgar Fine Arts


  • Working sculpture and ceramics studio, materials storage, outdoors working studio, faculty office space
  • Designed for student and instructor safety


  • Removal of existing structure and site development
  • Construction of sculpture and ceramics facility
  • Site landscaping and building beautification

UIU Sculpture and Ceramics Building 

Sculpture Building Plan

Map of Sculpture Building