We are creating a permanent home for artistic experimentation and community in downtown Iowa City in two historic houses at 225 & 229 N. Gilbert St.

  • a gallery embedded in a welcoming community space

  • increased space for the Iowa City Press Co-op, our community-access educational print and book arts studio, with a new dedicated classroom space and loads of natural light

  • a public reading room & archive for The Center for Afrofuturist Studies

  • a dedicated residency studio for the CAS and Free Studio Residency

  • light-filled private studios for local artists

  • an outdoor space for community gatherings and creative events of all kinds

Beyond that!

  • New opportunities for artists

  • New life for two historic houses in the heart of the Northside

  • A permanent home base for Iowa City’s artist-run, community-driven contemporary art center

Through years of sustained energy and ingenuity, countless volunteer hours, and an ethos that harnesses and amplifies the creative ideas of our specific community, we have steadily built a locally-resourced, regionally-recognized, and nationally known community arts venue, an Iowa hub for contemporary art, artists, and audiences who desire connection to and a platform for new art ideas and actions. (Check out some highlights here!)

The City of Iowa City has recognized our contribution to the local creative community and awarded us an opportunity to purchase two adjacent historic houses on N. Gilbert St., just a few blocks from our current location, along with support to cover the down payment (thank you!!)

Starting in August, we will begin transforming this corner into a dynamic and accessible art center and a permanent home for our artist-led, community-driven organization, and we plan to start programming in our new space in October.

(subject to change)

now-Sept. 30
final programming in the Wesley space
225 N. Gilbert remodel

Oct. 4 (gallery walk)
first exhibition opening at 229 N. Gilbert

IC Press Co-op re-opens at 225 N. Gilbert


pickup and trailer loads for moving (early October)
• rain barrels
• cool rug
• picnic table
• industrial/heavy-duty shelving
• perennial plants and trees
• heat press
• floating shelves
• professional printmaking hotplate
• large metal print drying rack
• vacuum screenprinting exposure unit


“A new space for Public Space One Iowa City Press-Citizen Aug. 7, 2019



We need your help to make this a reality!


How else can you help?
• check out our wish list
• volunteer for moving days, facilities work, etc.
become a PS1 sustaining member
• other ideas…?
get in touch:

donations can also be mailed to:
120 N. Dubuque, Iowa City, IA 52245


  • crucial repairs and upkeep for these historic structures including a new roof for 225 N. Gilbert

  • remodeling 225 N. Gilbert

  • moving! (including several tons of printing equipment)

  • putting ADA-compliant public restrooms in both houses

  • building a ramp and deck that connects the two houses, makes them wheelchair accessible, and creates an outdoor gathering space

THANK YOU to our visionary supporters: