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April 9, 2004

Author And Collector Will Speak On Contemporary American Metalsmiths April 14

Rosanne Raab, an author, collector and recognized authority on American silver, will present "Japanese Spirit: In the Hands of the Contemporary American Metalsmith," a free public lecture, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 14, in Room E 109 of the University of Iowa Art Building.

Her lecture is sponsored by the UI School of Art and Art History.

Raab has lectured at the Cooper-Hewitt National Museum of Design and the New York Silver Society. Her research paper on silversmith Porter Blanchard was presented at "Silver Of and From the West," a symposium held at the Huntington Library in Pasadena, Cal.

Raab organized "Silver: New Form and Expressions," a series of three traveling collections that featured hollowware and flatware by more than 50 studio metalsmiths. Other recent exhibitions include "Benchmarkers: Women in Metal" and "The Commemorative Cup."

A member of the adjunct faculty at New York University School of Continuing and Profession Studies, Raab is a doctoral candidate at the Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design and Culture in New York.

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