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University of Iowa News Release

March 17, 2005

'Aging in America' Photo Exhibit To Open April 1

A special collection of photographs focusing on the realities of getting older will be on display at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics starting Friday, April 1, and running through June 24, 2005.

"Aging in America: The Years Ahead," an award-winning exhibition of photography by Ed Kashi with essays and interviews by Julie Winokur, features large and powerful black-and-white photographic images and accompanying text.

The nearly 60-piece exhibit will be on display in the hospital's Joyce P. Summerwill Patient and Visitor Activities Center, located on the eighth floor of the John W. Colloton Pavilion, and other selected locations throughout the hospital. Admission is free. To get to the exhibit, take Elevator F to the eighth floor.

Kashi, a veteran international photographer for such publications as National Geographic and the New York Times Magazine, and his wife, Winokur, spent days and, in some cases, weeks with their subjects in the most intimate situations imaginable.

"The exhibit begins with vitality and moves into loss of independence and loss of life, and comes out with the reinvention of what is possible," Winokur explains in the layout. This collection of photographs "takes you on a journey across the topography of aging ... and asks whether society is prepared to handle an aging population."

The dream for "Aging in America" is that eventually the materials that Kashi and Winokur have created -- the exhibit, the book and a documentary film -- will reach educators, medical schools, social workers and others who can begin to speak to and teach about the issues of an aging society.

By mid-century, people over age 55 will outnumber people under age 18 for the first time in American history. Today, the fastest-growing segment of society is people over 85.

Adrienne Drapkin, director of the hospital's Project Art and Medical Museum that coordinated the exhibit's Iowa appearance, said she is pleased that the exhibit will be coming to Iowa.

"In addition to this just being a great exhibit, we also hope it will create constructive dialogue about growing older and the broad range of issues related to that," Drapkin said. "From the elderly to families to caregivers and health care professionals, these issues touch many lives."

Major sponsors of this exhibit include Bickford Cottage, Iowa State Bank and Trust Company, and Volunteer Services at UI Hospitals and Clinics.

For more information, call Project Art at 319-353-6417.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide. Visit UI Health Care online at

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CONTACTS: Media: Tom Moore, 319-356-3945,; Program: Tom Walljasper, 319-384-7353,