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University of Iowa News Release

April 15, 2005

Community Invited To See 'Aging in America' Photo Exhibit

"Aging in America: The Years Ahead," an award-winning exhibition of black-and-white photography focusing on the joys and challenging realities of growing older, is on display at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City through June 24.

Sponsored by the hospital's Project Art program, this exhibit is free and open to the public. The nearly 60-piece exhibit is on display in the hospital's Joyce P. Summerwill Patient and Visitor Activities Center on the eighth floor of the John W. Colloton Pavilion and at other selected locations throughout the hospital. To get to the exhibit, take Elevator F to the eighth floor.

The exhibit features the moving photography of Ed Kashi with essays and interviews by Julie Winokur. Kashi, a veteran international photographer for such publications as National Geographic and the New York Times Magazine, and his wife, Winokur, spent days - and in some cases weeks - with their subjects in the most intimate situations imaginable.

"The exhibit begins with vitality and moves into loss of independence and loss of life, and comes out with the reinvention of what is possible," Winokur explains in the layout. This collection of photographs "takes you on a journey across the topography of aging...and asks whether society is prepared to handle an aging population."

The dream for "Aging in America" is that eventually the materials that Kashi and Winokur have created - the exhibit, the book and a documentary film - will reach educators, medical schools, social workers and others who can begin to speak to and teach about the issues of an aging society.

By mid-century, people over 55 will outnumber people under 18 for the first time in American history. Today, the fastest-growing segment of society is people over 85.

Major exhibit sponsors include Roger A. Fox, Bickford Cottage, Iowa State Bank and Trust Company, and Volunteer Services at UI Hospitals and Clinics.

For more information, call Project Art at 319-353-6417.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide. Visit UI Health Care online at

STORY SOURCE: Joint Office for Marketing and Communications, University of Iowa Health Care, 200 Hawkins Drive, Room E110 GH, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1009

MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Moore, 319-356-3945,

PROGRAM CONTACT: Tom Walljasper, 319-384-7353, Writer: Tom Walljasper.