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Oct. 14, 2004

Artist Sue Hettmansperger Will Present 'Gallery Talk' Oct. 28

The University of Iowa Museum of Art (UIMA) will host "Art Faculty Gallery Talk with Sue Hettmansperger," a free discussion by Hettmansperger on her work shown in "Faculty Exhibition 2004," at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28.

"Faculty Exhibition 2004" is a show of new work by faculty from the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History. The exhibition opened at the UIMA on Friday, Oct. 15 and will be on view in the museum's newly renovated North Gallery through Saturday, Dec. 11.

Hettmansperger commented, "Looking back through the lens of the American perception of the natural world, I will discuss the influences on my work in the exhibition."

Hettmansperger will show slides of her artwork, as well as work by 32 artists, including Charles Burchfield, Morris Graves, Bill Jensen, Georgia O'Keefe and Alexis Rockman. She will also answer questions in the North Gallery about her paintings on view in the exhibition and discuss a DVD she created with faculty from the UI School of Music.

Hettmansperger is a UI professor of drawing and painting. She received her bachelor's degree in 1972 and master's degree in 1974, both from the University of New Mexico, and was awarded a scholarship to attend the Yale University Summer School of Music and Art in 1971. She has been at the UI since 1977.

Hettmansperger's significant achievements include an Arts and Humanities Initiative Interdisciplinary Grant from 2000 through 2001, a Faculty Scholar Award from the UI from 1997 through 1999 and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Drawing in 1983, among many others. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally.

Hettmansperger said that she has "an ongoing interest in biological systems and the complex relationship of humans to their environment."

Art works included in "Faculty Exhibition 2004" were selected by 31 faculty members to represent the best of their recent work. These diverse works represent media taught in the UI School of Art and Art History: printmaking, painting, drawing, photography, ceramics, sculpture, metalsmithing, jewelry, design, papermaking and intermedia.

The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, is open noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, and noon to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Admission is free. Public metered parking is available in UI parking lots west and north of the museum.

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