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University of Iowa News Release

Nov. 3, 2004

Contest Seeks Art That Depicts People With Disabilities, Diversity

The University of Iowa Council on Disability Awareness and the UI offices of Equal Opportunity and Diversity, Faculty and Staff Disability Services, and Student Disability Services are sponsoring an art contest to honor people with disabilities and the role they play in enriching the diversity of campus and the greater community.

The contest is open to anyone in Johnson County -- children and adults -- and all members of the UI campus community (including faculty, staff or students who live outside of Johnson County). Art entries must depict disability in the greater context of diversity. One winner will be selected from each age group -- 4 to 16 years old, and 16 years and older -- to receive the Susan Rotman Award. Winners also will receive a cash prize, $100 for the youth winner and $500 for the older winner.

The awards will be presented Jan. 20 during Martin Luther King Human Rights Week.

Registration by Nov. 30 is required to participate in the contest, although the actual deadline for submissions will be in January. For details and a registration form, contact Amy Mikelson, chair of the UI Council on Disability Awareness, at 319-356-1514, or

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Stephen Pradarelli, 319-384-0007,; Program: Amy Mikelson, 319-356-1514,