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Aug. 26, 2005

Art Dealer Garth Clark Will Present Levitt Lecture At UIMA Sept. 8

Art dealer, author and curator Garth Clark will present "American Ceramics," the Richard S. Levitt Lecture in American Craft, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8 in the Lasansky Room of the University of Iowa Museum of Art (UIMA).

Clark's lecture will be free and open to the public.

Considered one of the world's leading experts on ceramic art, Clark owns Garth Clark Gallery with exhibit spaces in New York and Long Island City, New York.

Clark has organized many exhibitions, including the "A Century of Ceramics in the United States" in 1979 and the first retrospective of Hans Coper's work in North America. Through his gallery, he has presented the first American surveys of the work of other prominent ceramic artists.

Clark's books have won awards including the "Art Book of the Year" award from the North American Society of Art Libraries for "The Mad Potter of Biloxi" in 1989. Most recently, his book "Shards" won the College Arts Association's 2005 Frank Jewett Mather Award for Art Criticism.

Garth Clark Gallery, founded 25 years ago, is a member of the Art Dealer's Association of America. Representing painters, sculptors and ceramic artists, the gallery is a particularly important venue for ceramic art. The gallery is the most active player on the New York resale market, selling more contemporary ceramic art than Chisties, Sotheby's and Phillips combined.

The Richard S. Levitt Lecture in American Craft was endowed at the UIMA by   Madelyn Levitt of Des Moines in honor of her brother, Richard.

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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