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Jan. 18, 2005

UI Disability Art Contest Winners To Be Announced Thursday

The University of Iowa Council on Disability Awareness will host a presentation at the UI Art Museum from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 20 to announce the winners of an art contest launched last fall to honor people with disabilities.

UI President David Skorton will present the Susan Rotman Awards, which carry $500 for the adult winner and $100 for the youth winner. The award is named for an Iowa City community member and former member of the Council on Disability Awareness who was struck by a car and killed last fall while crossing the street in her wheelchair.

The artwork was judged by members of the UI and Johnson County communities. The announcement of contest winners is intended to coincide with other campus celebrations of diversity as part of Martin Luther King Jr. week.

The Council on Disability Awareness and the UI offices of Equal Opportunity and Diversity, Faculty and Staff Disability Services and Student Disability Services last November called for submissions of artwork that honors people with disabilities and the role they play in enriching the diversity of campus and the greater community.

The contest was open to anyone in Johnson County -- youth and adults -- and all members of the UI campus community, including faculty, staff or students who live outside of Johnson County.

The submissions are on display in the River Gallery of the UI Museum of Art through Jan. 31 and may be viewed during regular museum hours. The museum is open noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays and noon to 9 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays. It is closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

For more information about the contest or on Thursday's presentation, contact Amy Mikelson at 356-1514, or

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

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