The University of Iowa

Thomas Agran

Director of Public Art, Iowa City Downtown District

I am an artist living and working in Iowa City, Iowa.

Born in Kentucky, raised in Ohio, and currently residing in Iowa, I am very interested in the Midwest -- for both its charms as well as its challenges. 

I am particularly interested in the Midwestern landscape, its total transformation through agriculture, and the political, social, and environmental consequences of that change. Some of my paintings also explore the complicated nexus of food, agriculture, nostalgia, and marketing. 

I work as the Director of Public Art for the Iowa City Downtown District and teach in the Iowa City / Cedar Rapids area. During the summer months I also run a tiny bakery that sells at the Iowa City Farmers' Market. 

Related Projects


Maquoketa Mural

Maquoketa Mural Project

University of Iowa MFA candidate, Drew Etienne, worked with the Maquoketa Art Experience, City Council, and Jackson County Economic Alliance to paint a mural on the public square of Maquoketa, Iowa. University of Iowa MFA candidate Drew Etienne completed a mural in Maquoketa on August 23, 2019. The...