The University of Iowa
The University of Iowa News Services Home News Releases UI in the News Subscribe to UI News Contact Us

University of Iowa News Release

April 2, 2004

Pioneering Curator Of New Media Arts Will Talk At UI April 19

Steve Dietz, an important curator and scholar in the area of new media arts, will present a talk as part of "Intermedia/New Media," a visiting artist/scholar lecture series presented by the Intermedia area of the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History, at 7 p.m. Monday, April 19 in Room E109 of the UI Art Building.

Dietz's lecture, "Locative = Yes," will be free and open to the public.

"The future of computing is ubiquitous, aware, embedded and distributed," Dietz said. In his lecture, he will explore artworks that engage this future.

Jon Winet, UI associate professor and Intermedia area head commented, "Steve Dietz is the single most important curator in the emerging fields of new media and 'net art.' This lecture promises to identify trailblazing projects and artists."

Dietz is currently a freelance curator. He is the former Curator of New Media at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, where he founded the New Media Initiatives department in 1996, the online art Gallery 9 and the digital art study collection. He co-founded the award-winning educational site ArtsConnectEd with the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and the artist community site with the McKnight Foundation. Earlier he was founding Chief of Publications and New Media Initiatives at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and editor of the scholarly journal American Art.

He is the director of ISEA2006 Symposium and ZeroOne: San Jose International Festival of Art and Technology in 2006. He is also currently Curatorial Fellow at the Walter Phillips Gallery at the Banff Centre, Canada, and is teaching at the University of Minnesota and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

Dietz has organized and curated many new media exhibitions. He speaks and writes extensively about new media, and his interviews and writings have appeared in both specialized and general art publications; in exhibition catalogs for the Walker Art Center, San Francisco Art Institute, and other museums and galleries; and in publications from MIT Press, University of California Press, and Princeton University Press (forthcoming).

"Intermedia/New Media," a continuing visiting artist/scholar lecture series, explores experimental contemporary interdisciplinary art practice at the dawn of the 21st century. Dietz's talk is the fourth lecture in the series, inaugurated in fall 2002. The lecture series has received past funding from the Humanities Iowa, the University of Iowa Museum of Art, U Iowa African Studies Program, English Department and the School of Art & Art History.

The School of Art and Art History is part of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

For information on UI arts events, visit on the World Wide Web. You may visit the UI School of Art and Art History web site at To receive UI arts news by e-mail, contact

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

MEDIA CONTACT: Peter Alexander, 319-384-0072,