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Top 10 Gazette stories of the year: #9 Voxman and Hancher buildings reborn on a rejuvenated Iowa arts campus

Patrons arrive for the opening night gala at Hancher Auditorium in Iowa City  on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)
Patrons arrive for the opening night gala at Hancher Auditorium in Iowa City on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)

The flood of 2008 caused devastation to businesses and homes up and down the Cedar and Iowa Rivers. Eight years later, many people have either moved on or are trying to pick up the pieces from that traumatic event.

For the University of Iowa arts campus, the flood claimed its music building, damaged its theater and arts buildings, and ruined its arts museum and its crown jewel performance venue, Hancher. As a result, 2008 meant the derailing of several campus arts programs, with performances being held in high school spaces, arts classes being held in a converted big box space that formerly housed a Menards, and the art museum’s prized items being put in storage or on loan.

So, 8 years later, 2016 was a big step in the comeback story for the arts at the University of Iowa with, among other things, the reopening of Hancher and the Vox Music Building in new locations and with new, state-of-the-art designs. A new Visual Arts building was opened as well. Here are some stories helping to relive arts at Iowa getting back on solid ground, with more developments to come.

• Nov. 14 University of Iowa names Jim Leach as interim art museum director

• Oct. 5 New University of Iowa Visual Arts Building inspires creativity

• Sept. 16 Free concert continues Hancher inauguration

• Sept. 4 Eight years in the making, Hancher making triumphant return (WITH GALLERY)


• Aug. 28 Voxman Music Building opens new chapter for University of Iowa music school

• Jun. 8 New University of Iowa Art Museum eyes 2019

• Jun. 6 University of Iowa building for the sound of music


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