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Oct. 15, 2004

Sculptor Sawyer Discusses Her Work Oct. 25 At UI

Sculptor Margot Sawyer from the University of Texas at Austin will present a lecture on her works at 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 25 in Room E109 of the University of Iowa Art Building. Her lecture, which is sponsored by the UI School of Art and Art History, will be free and open to the public.

Sawyer received a master's degree from Yale University and a bachelor's degree with honors from the Chelsea School of Art in London.

She has been a recipient of numerous awards including a Fulbright Grant to India, the Sculpture Fellowship at the American Academy in Rome, a National Endowment for the Arts, a New York State Council on the Arts Award, and more recently a Travel Grants Fund for Artists, a joint project of the National Endowment for the Arts and Arts International to travel to Myanmar (Burma) and India. In 1995-96 she received a Senior Research Fulbright Fellowship and a Japan Foundation Fellowship to conduct research in Japan. She has exhibited nationally in New York, Los Angeles, New Haven, Houston and Austin, and internationally in the United Kingdom, Italy, India and Japan.

For much of her career, Sawyer's large-scale installations have emerged from observations of historic and contemporary sites of sacred architecture. She is interested in the relationship between space and transcendence as explored in Buddhism and Hinduism. From this research, Sawyer creates sculptural topographies that map a contemplative terrain that is part architecture and part landscape.

The School of Art and Art History is part of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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