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Release: Sept. 3, 1999

Political cartoons by UI alumnus Paul Conrad will be at UI Museum of Art Sept. 11-Oct. 31

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Museum of Art will present a survey of the political cartoons of UI alumnus Paul Conrad, three-time Pulitzer Prize winner and chief editorial cartoonist for the Los Angeles Times, from Sept.11 through Oct. 31. "Paul Conrad: Drawing the Line," will be shown in the museum's Works-On Paper Gallery.

The exhibition is a joint presentation of the museum and the UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication as part of the school's 75th-anniversary celebration. It will coincide with a symposium sponsored by the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, "Drawing the Line: Political Cartooning Under Pressure."

To open the symposium, Conrad will give a free public lecture at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14 in the Main Lounge of the IMU. The symposium, which will feature a number of esteemed political cartoonists, will be Oct. 14-16.

In conjunction with the exhibition, Lucy Caswell, professor and curator of the Cartoon Research Library at the Ohio State University, will give a lecture in the museums' weekly Perspectives series at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13.

Conrad, a Cedar Rapids native, began his cartooning career at the Daily Iowan while he was a UI student. He received a bachelor's degree in 1950 and worked at the Denver Post for 14 years before joining the Los Angeles Times. He has published six books of his work and, among other honors, he won the Pulitzer Prize in 1984, 1971 and 1964.

Conrad has used his cartoons, syndicated five days a week, to attack hypocrisy in politics and to reveal the disparities that exist throughout the world. Because he has not been afraid to do so, editors have at times refused to publish his work. The exhibit includes some Conrad cartoons declined by major American newspapers for this reason.

For information on the Paul Conrad conference, contact the UI Center for Conferences and Institutes at (319) 335-4141.

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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