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Release: June 25, 1999

Exhibition ‘Shaping Earth: African Vessels’ will be on view in UI Museum of Art

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- "Shaping Earth: African Vessels," an exhibition of African pottery, will be on view in the University of Iowa Museum of Art Stanley Gallery from Saturday, July 10 through Dec. 31.

The exhibition is scheduled to coincide with "Different Stokes," an international invitational exhibition of wood-fired ceramics that will be on view in the museum from Sept 11 through Dec. 31. That exhibition will be presented in conjunction with "Different Stokes: The 1999 International Woodfire Conference," which will be held at the UI Sept. 29 through Oct. 2.

"Shaping Earth" features pieces from the UI Museum of Art's growing African ceramics collection, as well as loans from local collectors. The vessels on view were created by women from diverse regions of the African continent. From water jugs to grain containers, the works were designed for specific purposes, and all are adorned with subtle designs and figures that carry symbolic significance.

Vicki Rovine, UI Museum of Art curator of Africa, Oceania and the Americas, said, "I hope that visitors to 'Shaping Earth' will come away with an appreciation for the elegant beauty of objects that may at first seem purely functional. These are not only pots and jugs and other vessels; they are great works of sculpture."

The UI Museum of Art has a longstanding tradition of African exhibitions and educational programs centered on the museum's renowned Stanley Collection. The collection, created by Max and Betty Stanley of Muscatine, consists of more than 600 African masks, figures, textiles and utilitarian objects representing various ethnic groups from the sub-Saharan region. The significance of the collection has made the UI a center for the study of African art and history.

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 just north of the museum.

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