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July 18, 2003

Painter Jamie Boling Received UI Grants To Study In Paris 2003-04

Jamie Boling, a Master of Fine Arts student from the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History, will spend the 2003-04 academic year in Paris, France, studying paintings at the Louvre, thanks to a pair of grants from the UI totaling $9,000.

Boling, a painter, received a Mildred Pelzer Lynch Fellowship, offered through the School of Art and Art History to outstanding graduate students in painting, and a Special Grant for Research Abroad. He will travel to Paris Sept. 1 and spend the next nine months there studying with Regis Michel, the conservateur en chef (chief conservator) in charge of the Louvre's extensive drawing collection.

Boling met Michel, a leading scholar and historian in the area of 18th and 19th century French art, through Dorothy Johnson, director of the School of Art and Art History. It was Michel's letter of invitation that made Boling's visit possible. Boling will study figuration and painting technique in the 18th and 19th century French tradition.

Boling grew up in Kansas City, Mo., where he graduated from Oak Park High School. He attended Iowa State University, received an undergraduate degree from the University of Nebraska in 1996, then came to the UI for a Master of Arts degree in 2002. He will receive the MFA in December. He was an elementary art teacher in Baton Rouge, La., in 1997-98 and a teaching assistant in drawing and painting at the UI.

His work has been shown in one-person and group shows on the UI campus, and in juried exhibitions in Ames, Burlington, Beaumont, Texas, and Lincoln, Neb. His work has recently been selected to appear in the August/September issue of "New American Paintings," a national publication of juried artwork.

In his application for the grants, Boling listed three goals for his year in Paris: "To copy and study masterworks from the Louvre's collection in order to add to my practical and theoretical education; to join the contemporary art community in Paris, where I can establish ties with galleries and working artists in order to view emerging work and to exchange ideas; and to establish ties with educators and students from the École Nationale Supérieure Des Beaux-Arts in order to gain insight to their teaching practices and to learn more about the structure of their art education system."

Describing his own paintings, Boling said "my work is indebted to and borrows directly from the historical models of figurative European painting. I employ classical painting techniques and use compositional and pictorial devices from European masters to address narratives and themes in a contemporary context. . . . My goal is to create work that is informed by its historical inheritance while maintaining a contemporary relevance and vitality."

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