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WATERCOLORS EXHIBITION JULY 12 -- The University of Iowa Museum of Art will exhibit a selection of 19th- and 20th-century watercolors from the museum's permanent collection from July 12 to Sept. 13 in the Paper Gallery. The exhibition is open to the public free of charge.

Since watercolors have been a popular choice for artists of all styles for the past two centuries, the exhibition will feature works from a diverse assemblage of painters. Included in the exhibition will be works by Maurice Prendergast, Lyonel Feininger, Reginald Marsh, Alexander Calder, Sam Francis and Mark Tobey.

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 is free. Public metered parking is available in two UI parking lots on Riverside Drive, one across from the museum and the other directly north of the museum.

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BECKER READS JULY 23-- Fiction writer Leslee Becker, a graduate of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will read from her short-story collection "The Sincere Cafe" (Mid-List Press, 1996) at 8 p.m. Thursday, July 23, in Prairie Lights Books at 15 S. Dubuque Street in downtown Iowa City.

Becker's stories have appeared in the Atlantic, the Iowa Review, the Gettysburg Review, Ploughshares, Nimrod, the Sonora Review and other publications. She is a recipient of the Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society Award, the Nimrod/Katherine Ann Porter Fiction Prize, a James Michener Fellowship from the UI and a Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University. She has taught at the UI and Stanford, and she is currently on the faculty of Colorado State University.