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Release: March 24, 2003

Hancher Hosts Children's Art Exhibition March 30-April 16

The University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium lobby will be the site of the 21st annual Children's Art Exhibit, featuring art by elementary students in the Iowa City Community Schools March 30 through April 16.

The Hancher Guild volunteer organization will host a free reception honoring the artists and their teachers, 2-4 p.m. Sunday, April 6.

In addition to free refreshments, the reception will feature performances by violin students from the Preucil School, piano students of Nancy Cree, orchestral students from Northwest Junior High and a choir from Willowwind School.

The exhibition will be available for viewing during all events in Hancher, as well as during the regular business hours of the Hancher Showcase gift shop -- 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Wednesdays.

Hancher events during the exhibition are Inti-Illimani at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 30; a free Iowa Communications Network master class featuring the Tallis Scholars at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 10; the Tallis Scholars concert at 8 p.m. Friday, April 11; Keith Brion as Sousa with the UI Symphony Band at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 15; and the Stuttgart Ballet's "Romeo and Juliet" at 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, April 15 and 16.

The district's 14 arts teachers will select works by students in all 17 of the district's elementary schools for display. Last year's exhibition featured more than 800 works of art. The artists are also honored with certificates and ribbons at award ceremonies at each school.

"The exhibit usually includes printmaking, painting, drawing, weaving, metal tooling, scratchboard and collage, to mention a few," says Becky Kobos, who is coordinating the exhibit for the Iowa City Community School District. "This exhibit is truly a celebration of art produced by children. It is wonderful to be able to share the students' joy in creating art with the community."

For tickets to events during the exhibition contact the Hancher Auditorium box office 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. From the local calling area, dial (319) 335-1160. Long distance is toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER. Fax to (319) 353-2284. People with special needs for access, seating and auxiliary services should dial (319) 335-1158, which is equipped with TDD for people with hearing impairment who use that technology.

Tickets may be ordered on-line 24 hours a day, seven days a week through Hancher's website: .

Orders may be charged to VISA, MasterCard or American Express. UI students may charge their purchases to their university bills, and UI faculty and staff may select the option of payroll deduction.

For UI arts information and calendar updates, visit To receive UI arts news by e-mail, mailto:

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

CONTACT: Winston Barclay, 319-384-0073, To contact Becky Kobos,

PHOTOS will be available March 28 at