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Release: Oct. 3, 2002

UI Carver College Of Medicine To Honor MERF Artwork By John Simon

The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine will host an event marking the installation of "Channels" by acclaimed digital artist John F. Simon, Jr. in the college's new Medical Education and Biomedical Research Facility (MERF).

Simon will discuss his work at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, in the MERF auditorium, followed by a reception to be held in the area by the artwork. The event is free and open to the public.

"Channels" is a 116-foot long wall of vibrant blue and red acrylic panels. Six large monitors, grouped in three pairs, are incorporated into the art wall, displaying an ever-changing array of software-generated lines and patterns. The work was created specifically for the MERF.

"I hope that 'Channels' will become an enjoyable environment for the Medical Education and Biomedical Research Facility both as an artery for pedestrians moving through the hallway and as a stopping point to observe the variations in the software. Anyone traveling the length of 'Channels' might first feel the rhythm of the red line as it runs its course – looping, drooping, climbing and opening up to surround the big monitors. Each pair of monitors reveals the activities of a small world where symmetry is the guiding physical rule," Simon said in an artist's statement.

The Carver College of Medicine event coincides with "John F. Simon, Jr.," the exhibition of 24 computer-based works by Simon currently being shown at the UI Museum of Art. The exhibition runs through Oct. 20.

Simon is regarded as one of the leading practitioners and innovators 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 for the School of Visual Arts in New York, where he later taught.

His works are in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive, 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.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide.