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April 1, 2003

Museum of Art Offers Talk About Artist Marvin Cone April 10

Robert Kocher, professor emeritus of art and curator of Coe College art collections, will provide an intimate look at the life and work of Iowa artist Marvin Cone in a lecture at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 10, in the University of Iowa Museum of Art.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is offered in conjunction with the current museum exhibition, "Rural Visions: Paintings by Marvin Cone."

Kocher will discuss Cone as a man, an artist and a teacher, and will provide numerous stories about life with Cone, based on his close personal relationship with the artist and his family.

"Rural Visions: Paintings by Marvin Cone" features 26 paintings by the Cedar Rapids native. Cone's work highlights the colorful backdrop of the eastern Iowa landscape during the 1930s and '40s.

Cone studied at the School of Art Institute of Chicago and the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Montpellier, France, before returning to Iowa to teach French and art at Coe College.

Kocher earned his bachelor's and master's degrees at the University of Missouri. After working for the Federal Government he joined the Faculty of Culver-Stocktion College in Canton, Mo., and then joined the Coe faculty in 1955. He retired from active teaching in 1996 and has practiced as the curator of the Coe College Art Collection for about 20 years.

"Rural Visions: Paintings by Marvin Cone" is one of the three exhibitions that make up "Celebrating the Farm: The Art of Living on the Land," on view at the UI Museum of Art through May 4.

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

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Peter Alexander, 319-384-0072, Writer: Dana Kavan.