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University of Iowa News Release

Feb. 18, 2005

UI Museum of Art Offers Annual Family Day Events March 6

The 15th annual "WOW! Family Day," a fun-filled afternoon of art, activities and refreshments for the entire family, will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 6 in the University of Iowa Museum of Art (UIMA). The event is free and open to the public.

Family Day is the culmination of the UI Museum of Art's "Widen Our World" (WOW!) program that invites third-grade students from Iowa City and surrounding areas to take a tour of the UIMA and explore works of art at the museum with their classes.

At 12:30 p.m., storyteller Deanne Wortman and guitarist Tom Nothnagle will present "Picture Story Theatre." Together, they perform animated musical storytelling inspired by works in the museum's collection. The featured story will be based on the character portrayed in Grant Wood's painting "Plaid Sweater," as a young boy from Clinton, Ia., imagines his future as a riverboat captain.

At 2:30, Nothnagle will perform a preview of a "Vaudeville-esque" show he is preparing for a tour, playing both six- and 12-string guitars.

Throughout the afternoon there will be opportunities for students to make things -- hands-on activities -- and to see things -- activities in the galleries. Cookies and punch will be served throughout the afternoon as well.

The WOW! program is intended to introduce students to art and art museums as a life-long resource for learning and enjoyment. By exposing children to art from many different cultures, the UIMA hopes to deepen children's appreciation of their own multi-cultural heritage.

WOW! is a collaboration between the UIMA and the Iowa City Community School District, with sponsorship by US Bank.

For further information concerning WOW! Family Day, contact the UIMA at 319-335-1727.

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

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

CONTACT: Peter Alexander, 319-384-0072,