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Release: Feb. 21, 2003

UI Museum Of Art Will Celebrate The Farm March 7 - May 4

"Celebrating the Farm: The Art of Living on the Land" will bring three simultaneous exhibitions to the University of Iowa Museum of Art from March 7 through May 4.

The exhibitions will be "Farm Life in Iowa: Photographs by A.M. Wettach," "Remembering the Family Farm, 150 Years of American Prints" and "Rural Visions: Paintings by Marvin Cone."

An opening reception at the UI Museum of Art will be held 1-4 p.m. Sunday, March 9. The reception will include a musical performance by the Letterpress Opry and a reading by David Hamilton, UI professor of English and editor of the Iowa Review.

Free public events in conjunction with the exhibition will continue March through May. Public Tours will be offered at 2 p.m. on Sundays, March 30, April 13 and May 4.

"Remembering the Family Farm, 150 Year of American Prints" will include 66 prints by 50 artists that span the years 1853 to 1993. The pieces commemorate farms of past rural and agricultural life by portraying the progress and decline of family-owned farms in the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic and New England regions of the United States.

In works by Grant Wood, Thomas Hart Benton, Adolph Dehn, Childe Hassam, Martin Lewis and others, images of technical innovations, dilapidated buildings, intruding industry and natural disasters represent a fading rural existence.

The exhibition "Farm Life in Iowa: Photographs by A.M. Wettach" will feature 30 photographs taken by Wettach from his base in Mount Pleasant, Ia. The photographs capture the lives of Iowa farmers during the tumultuous years from the 1930s through the '50s, including the Great Depression and World War II.

Wettach's photos, which emphasize the resilience, success and warmth of his subjects, have appeared in Wallace's Farmer, National Geographic and the Saturday Evening Post magazines.

After being displayed at the UI Museum of Art, the photographs will travel to art museums and galleries across Iowa including Brunnier Art Museum at Iowa State University and the Waterloo Center for the Arts.

"Rural Visions: Paintings by Marvin Cone" will present 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.

Cone's paintings featured in the exhibition are borrowed primarily from private collections and have rarely been seen in public exhibitions.

In conjunction with "Celebrating the Farm" the Iowa Children's Museum will feature an interactive exhibition, "Farms Feed the World," for children to experience farm-life through an "International Farmer's Market," guest speakers and live animal appearances.

"Remembering the Family Farm" is organized and circulated by the Spencer Museum of Art, the University of Kansas, Lawrence. Curator is Stephen Goddard, SMA senior curator of prints and drawings. The exhibition and catalogue are possible with the support of Stephen Schmidt, KU class of '58.

Iowa Farmer Today and the Gazette will provide media sponsorship for "Remembering the Family Farm." The opening reception for "Celebrating the Farm" is sponsored by Hills Bank and Trust Company.

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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"Celebrating the Farm:
The Art of Living on the Land"
List of Related Events
(All events at the UI Museum of Art, unless otherwise specified)

Sunday, March 9
1-4 p.m.: "Celebrating the Farm" opening reception
Musical performance by the Letterpress Opry and a reading by David Hamilton from his book "Deep River: A Memoir of a Missouri Farm"

Thursday, March 13
7:30 p.m.: Panel Discussion: "Decoding the Photograph"
Conversation lead by authors and scholars, including Leslie Loveless, focusing on the historical and artistic relevance of "Farm Life in Iowa: Photographs by A.M. Wettach"

March 15-March 22
Art at the Iowa Children's Museum
Hands-on interactive exhibits scheduled for the following times:
Saturday, March 15, 1-3 p.m.
Sunday, March 16, 1-3 p.m.
Wednesday, March 19, 9-11 p.m.
Thursday, March 20, 9-11 p.m.
Saturday, March 22, 1-3 p.m.

Sunday, March 30
2 p.m.: Public Tour, "Celebrating the Farm," An Overview

Thursday, April 10
7:30 p.m.: Gallery Talk
Coe College professor of art emeritus and curator Robert Kocher examines the work of Marvin Cone.

Saturday, April 12
2 p.m.: Gallery Talk
Senior curator of prints and drawings at the Spencer Museum of Art, Stephen Goddard, will speak about "Remembering the Family Farm, 150 Years of American Prints."

Sunday, April 13
2 p.m.: Public Tour: "Remembering the Family Farm: 150 Years of American Prints"

Thursday, April 24
7:30 p.m.: David Zollo

Sunday, April 27
1-4 p.m.: WOW! Family Day
Tom Nothnagle sings, plays guitar and tells stories
UI School of Art and Art History professor Steve Thunder-McGuire gives a storytelling performance.
Hands-on activities and refreshments

Sunday, May 4
2 p.m.: Public Tour: "Rural Visions: Paintings by Marvin Cone"

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

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