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Release: August 23, 2002


John F. Simon, Jr.,” an exhibition of 24 computer-based works, drawings, and acrylic panels by the innovative and influential American artist, will be on display at the University of Iowa Museum of Art Sept. 7 through Oct. 20.

The exhibition is presented in conjunction with the installation of “Channels,” a 116-foot long wall incorporating six large plasma screens that Simon created for installation in the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine’s new Medical Education and Biomedical Research Facility (MEBRF).

Simon will be on the UI campus several times during the completion and installation of “Channels,” including an appearance at the UI Museum of Art for the radio program “Know the Score,” broadcast live from the museum at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6. Hosted by Joan Kjaer, “Know the Score” is broadcast on UI radio station KSUI, 97.1 FM.

The Carver College of Medicine will host an event honoring the completed artwork on Thursday, Oct. 10, in MEBRF. At 4 p.m. Simon will present an artist’s talk in the Auditorium of the new building, followed by a reception to be held in the area by the artwork.

Simon has been acclaimed as one of the most innovative figures in digital art. A native of Louisiana, he learned to program while earning a master’s degree in earth and planetary science at Washington University in St. Louis. He also holds a master’s degree from the School of Visual Arts in New York, where he later taught.

He became widely known in the relatively small world of online-software art through his 1995 web-art piece “Alter Stats -- Condition of the Web Observer,” which provided the site visitor with a real-time, statistical profile of those accessing the site, including that visitor him- or herself. Around the same time, he collaborated on several web-art projects, including works by Jenny Holzer and Lawrence Weiner and the notorious “Most Wanted Paintings” project of Kolmar and Melamid.

He has also had great success with software programs written for liquid-crystal display panels, which have been exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. His works are in the collections of the Whitney and Guggenheim museums, as well as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, is open noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, and noon to 10 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Admission is free. Public metered parking is available in UI parking lots west and north of the museum.

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