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Feb. 4, 2005

Trimpe Will Present Slide Lecture Of Art On Campus Feb. 20

The University of Iowa Museum of Art (UIMA) will present a slide lecture by Pamela Trimpe, curator of painting and sculpture, at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 20 in the museum's Lasansky Room. Trimpe will discuss several of the works in the museum's Art on Campus collection.

Art on Campus works, most of which are sculptural, have been added to the museum's collection as a result of the Art in State Buildings Project. The project, according to the Iowa Code, requires that 0.5 percent of the cost of new construction of state buildings be used to purchase public art for the site of the new construction.

The museum's Art on Campus collection includes works by Sol Lewitt, Scott Burton, Robert Arneson and John Simon. Many of the large sculptures in the collection are permanently mounted for the public to view around the UI campus. Smaller works are periodically displayed at the UIMA in conjunction with museum exhibitions.

Trimpe's lecture is part of a series of weekly public tours of the museum's collections and exhibitions at 2 p.m. Sundays during the spring. The tours, which will be free and open to the public, will be led most weeks by museum docents -- trained volunteers who are familiar with the museum and its collections.

The final curatorial tour in the spring series will be led by Kathleen Edwards on Sunday, April 17. On other Sundays in January, February and April, and on May 1, docents will lead tours of the museum's current exhibitions.

An art historian who also holds a law degree, Trimpe has worked extensively on the intersection of art, law and ethics. She is on the board of the UI Art on Campus Committee and has served as the project director for numerous grants through the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

At the UI she helped develop the exhibition "Victorian Fairy Painting," which was shown to critical acclaim at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, Canada, the UI Museum of Art and the Frick Collection in New York City.

Trimpe earned a bachelor's degree summa cum laude from Graceland College in Lamoni and a law degree from the University of Missouri. She then went on to earn master's degrees in art and philosophy and a doctorate in art history from the University of Kansas.

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

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