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Feb. 25, 2005

(Photo: Amze Emmons, Dysfunctional Real Estate)

UI Alumnus Amze Emmons Will Speak On 'Refugee Architecture' March 3

Amze Emmons, a recent graduate of the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History and currently a visiting professor in printmaking at the UI, will present a free public lecture, "Refugee Architecture and Other Systems of Daily Experience," at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 3 in Room E109 of the UI Art Building.

Emmons described his current work, which forms the basis for his talk: "I am investigating human infrastructure of the late 20th and 21st century... The images and projects I develop revolve around special metaphors for the loss of community that is accelerating around us.

"The ability to be anywhere in the world in a few hours is collapsing our existing sense of place and community. With greater frequency, our relationships toward each other and our world are mediated by virtual moments and flight schedules. This nomad consciousness contributes to the sense of transience and dislocation so common with my generation. Our mass transit systems, airports and refugee migration patterns are artifacts of a larger narrative unfolding by the minute on the media stream of your choice."

Emmons was born and raised in upstate New York. He later attended Ohio Wesleyan University for his undergraduate education and spent several years living as an artist in Columbus, Ohio. He received his Master of Fine Arts degree in printmaking from UI in 2002. After graduating from the UI, he lived in New York City and taught for a year at the University of Vermont.

Emmons has participated in exhibitions around the United States and in Japan, New Zealand and Australia. His works are found in the UI Print Archives and in the collections of Ohio Wesleyan University, Bradley University, the Amity Art Foundation and the Tama Museum of Art in Tokyo, Japan.

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