Works from the University of Iowa Museum of Art will be on display in Wartburg College’s Waldemar A. Schmidt Art Gallery Jan. 8 through March 25.

The exhibition, “Drawing Inventory,” explores a wide variety of drawing subjects undertaken by artists represented in the UIMA permanent collection.  A reception will be Friday, Jan. 29, 7-9 p.m.

As an activity, drawing offers the most direct way of recording an artist’s thoughts, explorations and observations without being inhibited by an obligation to create a final, finished object. Instead, the drawing process allows artists to experiment and explore concepts freely, without having to concern themselves with the realities of material or space. The drawings, as objects, take a variety of forms, functioning as informal studies, historic documents, narratives or records of passing observations.

“Drawing Inventory” is curated by Sarika Sugla, UIMA assistant curator, and organized by Legacies for Iowa: A University of Iowa Museum of Art Collections Sharing Project, Supported by the Matthew Bucksbaum Family.

The exhibit is free and open to the public. The gallery, in Bachman Fine Arts Center, is open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., or by appointment.