According to the Daily Iowan, the “Pollock Bill” is dead. The so-called “Pollock Bill” (see previous post) was introduced by Rep. Scott Raecker on February 9th to the Iowa House Appropriations Committee in an attempt to balance the state’s budget through the forced sale of the University of Iowa Museum of Art’s prized painting (Jackson Pollock’s Mural). The Iowa House was scheduled to vote on the bill Monday afternoon (February 21) but Raecker withdrew his bill for this legislative year because it was too controversial to win enough support to pass.
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Ohio State Representative Scott Raecker recently introduced a bill in the Iowa House which would force the University of Iowa Museum of Art to sell a prized painting in their collection for the purpose of funding scholarships. The painting, Jackson Pollock’s Mural, is valued at $140 million and is the centerpiece of UIMA’s collection. According to Raecker, “the core function of the university is to educate students” and this proposed sale “could provide a $5 million a year endowment. It could let 750 to 1,000 students get a full-ride scholarship each year.” The Association of Art Museum Directors and the American Association of Museums have issued a counter-argument noting that this proposed sale violates a core value within the museum community to not treat accessioned works of art as disposable financial assets. This is not the first time a proposal to sell Pollock’s Mural has been offered: in 2008 a University of Iowa Regent suggested selling Mural to cover expenses incurred during a flood which destroyed many of the campus structures. (source: Huffington Post, 2/22/11)