CONTACT: PETER ALEXANDER
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0072; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: Feb. 9, 2001
WOW! Family Day at the UI Museum of
Art Feb. 25
IOWA CITY, IA -- The 11th-annual Widen
Our World (WOW!) Family Day, a fun-filled afternoon of art, storytelling,
music, prizes and hands-on activities for the entire family, will be held
at the University of Iowa Museum of Art from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25.
Designed for participants of all ages, the event will be open to the public
free of charge.
Family Day is the culmination of the museum's
WOW! program, which brings third-grade students from the Iowa City area into
the museum. This year, more than 1,500 students from 24 local schools visited
the UI Museum of Art through the WOW! program.
Emphasizing this year's theme, "Way Out
West!" the day's events will focus on artwork in the museum's current exhibition,
"Lure of the West: Treasures from the Smithsonian American Art Museum," on
display through March 18.
Family Day events scheduled throughout
the afternoon are: "A Journey West Through Stories" by Judith the Storyteller;
"Picture Story Theatre," presented by Deanne Wortman, storyteller, and Tom
Nothnagle, guitarist; and "Songs of the American West, Originals and Longtime
Favorites" performed by Glenn Lonsdale, guitar, and Carlis Fourot, fiddle.
There will also be videos, refreshments
and self-guided tours available at any time during the afternoon.
The WOW! program is intended to introduce
students to art and art museums as a life-long resource for learning and enjoyment.
By exposing children to art from many cultures, the museum hopes to deepen
the children's appreciation of their own multi-cultural heritage.
"Lure of the West: Treasures from the
Smithsonian American Art Museum" features 64 important paintings and sculptures
from the 1820s through the 1940s by American artists fascinated with Indian
and Hispanic cultures and the majestic landscapes of the western territories.
The artworks, which celebrate the landscape and pay tribute to Native Americans
and their cultures, served to establish American art and its subject matter
as new and exciting to audiences worldwide.
WOW! is a collaboration among the Museum
of Art, the Iowa City Community School District and Firstar Bank, Iowa City.
Participating students come from the Iowa City Community School District,
Regina Elementary and Willowwind School in Iowa City, Lakeview Elementary
in Solon, Johnson School of the Arts in Cedar Rapids, Herbert Hoover Elementary
in West Branch, Clear Creek Elementary in Oxford and Amana Elementary in Middle
"Lure of the West: Treasures from
the Smithsonian American Art Museum" is one of eight exhibitions in "Treasures
to Go," touring the nation through 2002. The Principal Financial Group is
a proud partner in presenting these treasures to the American people.
For further information concerning WOW!
Family Day, call Emily Vermillion, curator of education at the UI Museum of
Art, at (319) 335-1730.
The UI Museum of Art is located on North
Riverside Drive in Iowa City. 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.