WRITER: BRIAN SHAWVER
CONTACT: PETER ALEXANDER
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0072; fax (319) 384-0024
UI Museum of Art will show works by Professor Emeritus Byron Burford
June 13-Aug. 2
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Museum of Art will exhibit
more than 40 works by UI Professor Emeritus Byron Burford from June 13
to Aug. 2 in the North and East Galleries of the museum. The exhibition
will be open to the public free of charge.
The centerpiece of the exhibition will be the artist's recent gift to
the museum of five large paintings, which brings his representation in
the museum's permanent collection to 10 paintings and seven prints, a body
of work that forms an important study resource for Burford's art. In addition
to these and other paintings from the permanent collection, the exhibition
will contain a group of paper collages whose imagery is drawn from photographs
of World War I.
The works in the exhibition represent various stages of Burford's career
as an artist, and include many paintings using imagery and symbolism from
the circus. Having spent several years as a drummer in a circus band, Burford
creates richly and knowingly detailed depictions of the colorful world
of the Big Top.
Steven Prokopoff, director of the Museum of Art, commented: "The
circus paintings are vibrant, full of odd combinations and strange images
that portray the circus as a world apart, yet parallel to our own."
Burford began his teaching career in the School of Art and Art History
at the UI in 1947 and retired as head of painting in 1985. Burford still
lives in the Iowa City area, and he continues to work out of a home studio.
He assisted Prokopoff and Pamela Trimpe, assistant director of the museum
and curator of painting and sculpture, in the selection of works for the
Burford said, "As I look back on what I've done, I can see that
formally the work has slightly changed, but for the most part the content
has remained the same. It's like when you watch your kids grow up, you
don't really notice that their form has changed, because in terms of content
they're still basically the same."
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.