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Oct. 31, 2003

Walker Will Explore Parallels Between Art, Surfing Nov. 13

Printmaking graduate student Ken Walker will present a gallery talk, "On Parallel Modes of Expression: Surfers and Artists," at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13 in the University of Iowa Museum of Art (UIMA). The event is free and open to the public.

Walker will make connections between the surfing world and the visual arts world. One way he plans to do this is by using the surfer adages "If it breaks, ride it!" and "The best surfer in the water is the one having the most fun."

Following the formal talk, an ad hoc discussion will be held in the museum's classroom, where Walker will give away keepsakes and give the audience a chance to participate in his autobiography, "This is True About Me."

"Surfing is very important," Walker said, "a feast for the eyes. I've always considered surfing an art. I was spurred to make the intellectual connection in a conversation with Mark Pascale, a printmaker/curator in Chicago. As a student of the principles of fine art, it has been interesting and fertile to re-contextualize my experiences as a surfer."

Originally from Louisiana, Walker received his bachelor of arts degree in political science from the American University in 1973. Upon moving to Folly Beach, S.C., he discovered surfing while supporting himself as a carpenter.

Walker graduated from the University of Oregon in 1999 with a bachelor's degree in printmaking. In addition to working towards his master's degree in printmaking from the UI School of Art and Art History, he is finishing a certificate from the UI Center for the Book.

Walker's work is in the collections of the University of Northern Illinois Art Museum, Amity Art Foundation, Inc., Oregon School of Arts and Crafts, the Iowa City Public Library and Tama Art University Museum in Hachiouji, Tokyo, Japan. His work is published in "Foil Imaging" by UI emeritus faculty member Virginia Meyers, and he has composed and printed his own limited-edition memoir, "Continental 48." He is finishing chapter four of his autobiography that was started during the colloquium lectures, "The Ken Walker Project."

The UIMA, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, is open noon to 10 p.m. Thursdays. Admission is free. Public metered parking is available in UI parking lots west and north of the museum.

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

CONTACTS: Media: Peter Alexander, 319-384-0072,; Writer: Amy Fenneman