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UI MUSEUM OF ART SHOWS WORK OF JEWELRY ARTIST -- The University of Iowa Museum of Art will exhibit the works of jewelry artist Donald Friedlich March 6 to April 8. The exhibition will be open to the public free of charge.

Friedlich, a visiting scholar and artist in residence in the UI School of Art and Art History, works primarily in the medium of jewelry, particularly with non-precious materials such as slate and glass. He rejects the traditional method of creating jewelry art, which emphasizes the elaborate styling of precious metals, in favor of alternative techniques.

Friedlich considers himself a metalsmith, since his materials are chosen for their visual, physical and associative properties, rather than their intrinsic value as gems. In many of his works he uses techniques usually reserved for fine gems in the carving of ordinary shards of glass.

Art critic Ettagale Blauer commented: "Friedlich's jewelry is an expression of ideas and is totally committed to form, but he resolutely rejects conventional approaches, conventional materials, conventional themes."

Friedlich is a frequent contributor to jewelry art periodicals and will soon begin a term as president of the Society of North American Goldsmiths.

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 UI parking lots across from the museum on Riverside Drive, and adjacent to the UI Alumni Center, which is just north of the museum.

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ART OF THE MONTH MARCH 14 -- The second session of Art of the Month, a mini-course for the spring semester presented by the University of Iowa Museum of Art, will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, March 14 at the museum.

Participation in the course is open to the public free of charge, and new members are welcome to each session.

Saturday's session, "Death and Decay: Comprehending Goya's World," will focus on the works of the Spanish painter Francisco Goya in continuing the course's overall examination of love and death themes in 19th-century romantic art. The discussion will be led by Missy Gaido Allen, a doctoral student in the UI School of Art and Art History.

The mini-course, "Love, Death and Despair: An Exploration of 19th-Century Romantic Prints from the Permanent Collection," makes use of the museum's extensive print collection to explore various facets of 19th-century prints, including the intended audience of the artworks and the unusual use of violence and death in religious and romantic works.

Though Allen will lead Saturday's session, the course is jointly conducted by Allen and Jessica Locheed, also a doctoral. student. Future sessions will examine the works of the Italian artist Piranesi and the romantic fascination with states of unconsciousness.

The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. Admission is free.