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University of Iowa News Release

Feb. 25, 2003

UI Visitor To Speak On Spiritual In Art March 6

Philosopher, art critic and historian Donald Kuspit will speak about "Reconsidering the Spiritual in Art" at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 6 in the Art Building Auditorium at the University of Iowa. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Kuspit, a professor of art history and philosophy at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, is one of America's most distinguished art critics. His lecture will examine and update theories set forth in Kandinsky's seminal work, "Concerning the Spiritual in Art."

The lecture is co-sponsored by the department of religious studies and the School of Art and Art History, both in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Kuspit has received Fulbright, Guggenheim, National Endowment for the Humanities and National Endowment for the Arts fellowships. He has written numerous books, articles, exhibition reviews, and catalogue essays, and lectured at many universities and art schools. He is the editorial advisor for European art 1900-50 and art criticism for the new Encyclopedia Britannica. He is also on the advisory board of the Lucy Daniels Foundation for the psychoanalytic study of creativity. He also is a winner of the prestigious Frank Jewett Mather Award for Distinction in Art Criticism (1983), given by the College Art Association.

Kuspit is a contributing editor at Artforum, Sculpture, New Art Examiner, and Tema Celeste magazines, and is editor of art criticism and a member of the advisory board of Centennial Review. He is also the editor of a series on American Art and Art Criticism for Cambridge University Press.

Kuspit holds doctorates in philosophy (University of Frankfurt) and art history (University of Michigan), as well as degrees from Columbia University, Yale University, and Pennsylvania State University. In 1997 the National Association of the Schools of Art and Design gave him a Citation for Distinguished Service to the Visual Arts.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact department of religious studies in advance at 319-335-2164.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACT(S): Media: Mary Geraghty Kenyon, 319-384-0011, Program: David Klemm, 319-335-2166,