E.F. Lindquist (1901–78) is known for his accomplishments as the director of Iowa Testing Programs at the University of Iowa. In addition to developing standardized tests such as the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills (ITBS) and co-founding the American Collect Testing Program (ACT) with Ted McCarrell, he was an avid art collector. He donated many pieces to the College of Education. Over the last thirty years, donors have added to the collection. Boasting an international roster of artists, the Lindquist Art Collection also includes many Iowans, such as John Chehak, Karen Kurka Jensen, Marty Mitchell, and Marcia Wegman.

Dean Nicholas Colangelo was instrumental in reinvigorating interest in the collection. He encouraged works to be removed from storage and hung throughout the Lindquist Center. Clar Baldus oversaw the installation process, and Professor Emeritus H. Dee and Myrene Hoover generously supported conservation and exhibition efforts. In July 2015, Kimberly Musial Datchuk, Visiting Assistant Professor of Art Education and Assistant Curator at the University of Iowa Museum of Art, took over the responsibility of caring for the collection. She researched the objects and artists in the collection and with the help of Baldus and Joyce Tsai selected new works to be purchased from funds donated to the college.

Photography of the Lindquist Art Collection was supported by the Department of Teaching and Learning. Patrick Casey, UI graduate student in printmaking, photographed the collection in June 2016; Datchuk supplied supplemental photographs.

Every attempt has been made to ensure the accuracy of information about the objects, but for some pieces very little material is available. If you have additional information or corrections to make, please email Datchuk at kimberly-datchuk@uiowa.edu.