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Aug. 22, 2003

Works By UI's Joseph Patrick Will Re-Open UI Museum Of Art Sept. 5

"Joseph Patrick," an exhibition of works by the University of Iowa professor of drawing and painting who will teach his final semester this fall before retiring from the UI, will be on display at the UI Museum of Art Sept. 5 - Nov. 16. The exhibition was organized by Pamela Trimpe, the museum's curator of painting and sculpture, and is accompanied by a full-color catalogue.

The museum will host a free public reception to open the exhibition, 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5.

Patrick will talk about the works in the exhibition in a lecture at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18 in the museum. The free talk will focus on the artist's personal experiences that have led to thematic and stylistic developments in his art.

Trimpe says that Patrick does not consider this a "retrospective" exhibition, but that it is definitely a celebration of his work, mounted on the occasion of his retirement from the UI.

Known for his exploration of artistic realism, Patrick has been equally successful in several different media, including oil on canvas, watercolor and mixed media on paper. The exhibition comprises 40 oil paintings, nine watercolors and 35 drawings, and features portraits, cityscapes, landscapes and aspects of Mexican markets. The paintings take their inspiration from Patrick's second home in Oaxaca, Mexico, and are filled with the light and color of that city.

His watercolors, painted on site from life, represent parks and gardens. His oil paintings are made from photographs that he takes in Mexico, addressing urban and rural landscapes and the rich visual variety of market places.

Patrick is well known as a teacher as well as an artist. Since he came to the UI in 1965, he has taught literally hundreds of UI students. For 25 years he was chairman of the drawing area of the UI School of Art and Art History. His twice-weekly four-hour class in life drawing, which Patrick says "is the source of my greatest pleasure in all these years of teaching," is often filled to capacity, and Patrick admits that he receives "embarrassingly" good comments on the course review forms.

"Joe never chose to teach instead of paint, but always pursued both with great enthusiasm and energy," Trimpe said. "After considering his distinguished career as an educator, perhaps the most remarkable feature apparent in a review of his work is its constancy. He has not dramatically changed his style of painting to reflect current popular trends. His art consistently reflects his incorporation of the tenets of perceptual realism."

Speaking of his paintings of Mexico, Trimpe writes that "Joe finds ways to absorb the characteristic elements of the scene, filtered through his formal aesthetic principles. . . . We as viewers are able to travel with Joe to the marketplace or the streets of Oaxaca in his oils, or through the voluptuous tropical gardens in his watercolors.

"He employs all his chosen media -- oils, watercolors, and all drawing media -- with great finesse."

The Patrick exhibition re-opens the museum, which has been closed to facilitate ongoing renovations to the building. "A Fragile Permanence: Prints and Drawings by Leola Bergman," an exhibition that opened last spring, will continue in the museum through Sept. 28.

Because renovation of parts the museum will continue during the fall, parts of the museum will remain closed until February 2004, and selections in the galleries may vary from time to time.

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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