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Silverwork by Chunghi Choo and students is displayed for Hancher's 25th

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- An exhibition of silverwork and jewelry by Chunghi Choo and her students in the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History will be on display Sept. 12-27 in the lobby of UI Hancher Auditorium. The exhibition, which is part of Hancher's silver anniversary celebration, will also feature pieces by visiting faculty member Donald Friedlich.

Photographs of Choo's silverwork are featured throughout the brochure for Hancher's 1997-98 season, to emphasize the silver anniversary theme. The exhibition opens with Hancher's first 1997-98 event, the jazz concert featuring Nicholas Payton, Joshua Redman and Christian McBride; continues through the Silver Anniversary Gala featuring Simon Estes on Sept. 16, and subsequent events; and closes after the performances by American Ballet Theatre Sept. 26-27.

A free event in Hancher -- the concert by the University Symphony Orchestra at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24 -- will occur during the exhibition.

A world-renowned silversmith, Choo is the F. Wendell Miller Distinguished Professor in the UI School of Art and Art History. Her work, pioneering the use of new materials and techniques, has helped to make the UI a prominent center for metalsmithing and jewelry making.

Choo's work is found in the collections of Musee des Arts Decoratifs in Paris, the Museum of Modern Art, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago and other major museums in the United States and Europe.

The free Hancher season brochure featuring photographs of Choo's work is still available by contacting the Hancher administrative offices at (319) 335-1130 or the Hancher box office. The box office is also the source for tickets to the Hancher-sponsored events during the exhibition.

Hancher box office hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and 1-3 p.m. Sunday. From the local calling area or outside Iowa, dial (319) 335-1160. Long distance within Iowa and western Illinois is toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER. Fax to (319) 353-2284. Orders may be charged to VISA, MasterCard or American Express. UI students may charge their purchases to their university bills, and UI faculty and staff may select the option of payroll deduction.

People with special needs for access, seating and auxiliary services should dial (319) 335-1158. The line is equipped with TDD for people with hearing impairment who use that technology.