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Dec. 29, 2005\

Jan. 14 Party At UI Museum Of Art Will Raise Funds For New Ceramics Gallery

The Members Council of the University of Iowa Museum of Art (UIMA) will host "The Museum Party! The Elements of Ceramics" 7:30 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, at the museum. The event will raise funds for a new ceramics gallery at the UIMA.

"The Museum Party!" will feature a live auction of a variety of ceramic pieces and art-filled getaways, hors d'oeuvres donated by Atlas World Grill, One Twenty Six, Prairie Table and Taste on Melrose, desserts donated by Chef Mickey's Catering Shoppe & Patisserie, and music provided by Murphy Sound. Floral displays will be created by local florists Every Bloomin' Thing and Pleasant Valley Flower Shoppe.

Ceramics available for bidding include a large, glazed ceramic pot by Dean and Gunnar Schwarz and an African earthenware vessel from the Nyanja culture, donated by Douglas Dawson. Other items available for bidding include an opal and diamond pendant created by Hands Jewelers, a five-course dinner for eight at Joseph's Steakhouse and an airplane ride over Iowa City, piloted by Gazette Communications COO and President Chuck Peters, followed by dinner and wine at Givanni's.

Ticket holders to the event have the opportunity to purchase a limited edition, commemorative plate created by Bunny McBride, internationally known ceramist and head of the ceramics area of the UI School of Art and Art History. Proceeds from the sale of the plates will go toward the fund for the new Ceramics Gallery.

The new Ceramics Gallery, scheduled to open June 4, 2006, will feature more than 300 objects from the museum's collection and more than 50 recently acquired pieces from artists including Peter Voulkos, Jun Kaneko, Don Reitz and Toshiko Takaezu. The initial installation, chosen by curator and ceramist Gerald Eskin, will be entitled "Pots and Vessels."

Tickets to "The Museum Party!" are $100. To make a reservation, please RSVP at 319-335-3674. For more information, contact Buffie Tucker at 319-353-2847, or e-mail

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Peter Alexander, 319-384-0072,; Writer: Zorana Wortham-White