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Biennial Faculty Exhibition will be at UI Art Museum April 5-May 25

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Works of art created by the faculty of the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History will be featured in "Faculty Exhibition 1997" at the UI Museum of Art, April 5 though May 25.

The exhibition, which is a biennial event, will open with a free public reception from 8 to 10 p.m. Saturday, April 5, at the museum.

In conjunction with "Faculty Exhibition 1997," the museum will present "Faculty Focus," a series of three faculty artists discussing their work, as part of the weekly Perspectives programs at the museum. Perspectives programs, held in the museum Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m., are free and open to the public. "Faculty Focus" will feature Susan Maakestad April 9, Thomas Aprile April 16, and Heidi Lasher-Oakes April 23.

In conjunction with the exhibition, the Perspectives series will also include a panel discussion on "The Business of Art," at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 30. Moderators Pamela Trimpe, the museum's curator of painting and sculpture, and Serena Stier, consultant on entrepreneurship at the Kaufman Foundation of Kansas City, will lead a discussion with artists, business people and art dealers.

The exhibition will feature work from all studio areas in the School of Art and Art History: painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, ceramics, sculpture, metalsmithing, design, papermaking and inter-media. Each of the 26 faculty artists has selected the best of their recent work for the exhibition, which will occupy most of the museum's display space.

Dorothy Johnson, chair of the School of Art and Art History, commented: "The works of this year's faculty exhibition remind us of the vitality of the visual arts at the UI and offer the opportunity to meditate, to interact and to see from fresh perspectives."

Stephen Prokopoff, director of the UI Museum of Art, said "the faculty exhibition is an exciting installation that we all look forward to having in the museum. Members of the art faculty exhibit nationally and internationally, so it's a pleasure to be able to show their work here at home."

The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission to the museum is free. Public metered parking is available in UI parking lots across from the museum on Riverside Drive and adjacent to the UI Alumni Center, which is just north of the museum.

"Faculty Exhibition 1997" is sponsored by the University of Iowa Community Credit Union.