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Oct. 8, 2004

UI Museum Of Art Will Host 'Fall Family Day' Oct. 24

The University of Iowa Museum of Art (UIMA) will host "Fall Family Day," a fun-filled afternoon of art, activities, performances and refreshments for the entire family, from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24. The event is free and open to the public.

"Fall Family Day" is part of "Iowa Goes to the Art Museum," a statewide event supported by the UI Year of the Arts and Humanities. Fifteen museums across the state of Iowa will participate in "Iowa Goes to the Art Museum" on Oct. 24 with participating museums offering special exhibitions and events on this day.

Activities for the UIMA "Fall Family Day" are scheduled throughout the afternoon, including a 12:30 p.m. interactive folk tales performance by the Darwin T. Turner Action Theatre and a creative movement performance by Maureen Miner, a graduate teaching assistant in the UI Dance Department. Stringed   instruments will also be featured in a 2:15 p.m. performance by the Preucil  School of Music.

In addition, participants will have the opportunity to view "Faculty Exhibition 2004," a show of new work by faculty from the UI School of Art and Art History that will open at the UIMA Friday, Oct. 15.

The museum's newly renovated North Gallery will display art works for the exhibition selected by 31 members of the studio faculty to represent the best of their recent work. These works will represent media taught in the UI School of Art and Art History: printmaking, painting, drawing, photography, ceramics, sculpture, metalsmithing, jewelry, design, papermaking and intermedia.

An activity booklet about the UIMA collections will also be available and cookies and apple cider will be served throughout the afternoon.

"Iowa Goes to the Art Museum" was organized to increase awareness of Iowa's many art museums and the state's strong commitment to the arts.  The event was also constructed as a way to continue to strengthen both this commitment and Iowans' support for the arts.

In addition, "Iowa Goes to the Art Museum" commemorates October, which was declared "Museum Month" by the governor and the Iowa Museum Association.

"Iowa has a surprisingly large network of art institutions," said Howard Collinson, director of the UIMA. "One hope is that drawing attention to Iowa's strength in the area of arts and humanities may help instill a sense of pride in local communities and in the state."

In addition to the UIMA, the following museums will have events for "Iowa Goes to the Art Museum":

-- Blanden Art Museum, Fort Dodge

-- Brunnier Art Museum, Ames

-- Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Cedar Rapids

-- Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines

-- Dubuque Museum of Art, Dubuque

-- Faulconer Gallery, Grinnell College, Grinnell

-- Figge Art Museum, Davenport

-- James & Meryl Hearst Center for the Arts, Cedar Falls

-- Lakes Art Center, Okoboji

-- MacNider Art Museum, Mason City

-- Muscatine Art Center, Muscatine

-- Salisbury House, Des Moines

-- Sioux City Art Center, Sioux City

-- Waterloo Center for the Arts, Waterloo

For more information on "Fall Family Day" or "Faculty Exhibition 2004," call the UIMA at 319-335-1727 or visit the museum's website at

UI President David Skorton's determination to increase public awareness and support of the rich tradition of arts and humanities on campus and throughout Iowa led him to declare academic year 2004-2005 the Year of the Arts and Humanities, a time to celebrate that rich tradition and forge cultural linkages between the academic community and communities around the state.  The Year of the Arts and Humanities is supported by the Office of the President, the Office of the Vice-president for Research and the Graduate College.

The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, is open noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is free. Public metered parking is available in UI parking lots west and north of the museum.

For more information on the UI Museum of Art visit on the World Wide Web. Information on other UI arts events is available 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, Writer: Krystle Johnson.