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Nov. 5, 2004

Nov. 18 Lecture Focuses On Women Design Pioneers

Aaris Sherin from University of Northern Iowa will present a lecture, "Unsung Heroes: Women Pioneers in Design," at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18 in Room E109 of the University of Iowa Art Building.

Sherin's talk, which is sponsored by the UI School of Art and Art History and the Design Program, will be free and open to the public.

Sherin will talk about research she has done recently on designers Lillian Bassman and Helen Federico. She will also talk about other women graphic designers working during the decades from the 1930s to the 1970s.

Sherin received her master's degree at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), where she completed the Women Pioneers in Design Database that enables access to information on nearly 50 women designers, supplemented by an extensive bibliography.

In collaboration with R. Roger Remington at RIT, she has amassed an extensive body of material including bibliographies, images and video on women working in design during the mid-part of the last century. Remington founded the Graphic Design Archive at RIT, which contains the original source material for 16 pioneers of 20th-century graphic design and is one of the leading archives on 20th-century American graphic design.

Recently Sharin traveled to New York City to meet and interview four designers including Lillian Bassman and Helen Federico. She is currently interpreting the additional historical materials she collected.

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