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Release: Oct. 5, 1999

Kinsey presents 'Eve Drewelowe: An Iowa Collection' at Saturday Scholars

IOWA CITY, Iowa — A little-known chapter of art history from the University of Iowa will be brought to light when Joni Kinsey, associate professor of American art, presents: "Eve Drewelowe: An Iowa Collection" during Saturday Scholars: Tailgating for the Mind on Oct. 9 at 10 a.m., Room 40, Schaeffer Hall.

Eve Drewelowe received her Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Iowa in 1924 and is thought to be the first woman in the country to receive an MFA from a university in that major. She subsequently married and moved to Colorado, but spent her life making art. When she died in 1988 she bequeathed her entire life's collection to the University of Iowa.

Kinsey, associate professor of American art and curator of the Eve Drewelowe collection, said, "Numbering in the hundreds of works--paintings, sculptures, and works on paper--this collection is a remarkable assemblage, revealing many interesting aspects of the struggles of women artists in the 20th century. As such it is one of the important collections here at the University of Iowa. Drewelowe, a lovable eccentric, and her work make a fascinating glimpse into the changes in art and women's lives in the past century."

Kinsey received her Ph.D. in art history from Washington University in St. Louis. She is the author of Thomas Moran and the Surveying of the American West (Smithsonian Institution Press, 1992), Plain Pictures: Images of the American Prairie (Smithsonian Institution Press, 1996; winner of the Eugene M. Kayden National Book Award, 1996), The Majesty of the Grand Canyon: 150 Years in Art (First Glance Books, 1998) and numerous articles and chapters of books and exhibition catalogues.

She has worked extensively with museums on a variety of exhibitions, including curating Plain Pictures: Images of the American Prairie, the first major exhibition devoted to the subject in 1996 that toured nationally. Her research focuses on American landscape painting and theory, art and the environment, art of the American West, the history of women artists in the United States.

Saturday Scholars: Tailgating for the Mind series is sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and is free and open to the public. Future programs include: "The Return of Little Big Man," Brooks Landon, professor of English, Oct. 16, 10 a.m., Room 40 Schaeffer Hall; and "Behind the Scenes: Contemporary Lighting Design," Bryon Winn, assistant professor of theatre arts, Oct. 23, 10 a.m., E.C., Mabie Theatre.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact College of Liberal Arts in advance at 335-2611.