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March 28, 2005

New York Painter James Siena Will Speak At UI April 11

Painter James Siena will present a free public lecture on his work at 8 p.m. Monday, April 11 in Room E109 of the University of Iowa Art Building.

Siena's lecture, presented by the UI School of Art and Art History, is part of a three-day visit to the UI campus that will include work with UI students.

Siena's work has been featured in more than 55 group exhibitions, including the 2004 Whitney Museum of American Art Biennial. The recipient of multiple honors and awards, including the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Painting (1994), the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Biennial Competition Award (1999) and an award in art from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (2000).

Siena has taught or presented lectures at numerous universities, colleges and art institutes throughout the United States, including the Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., School of Visual Arts in New York, the San Francisco Art Institute and the Cleveland Institute of Art.

Siena's work can be found in several public collections including the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y.; the Boston Museum of Fine Art; the Museum of Modern Art in New York; the Philip Morris Collection; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.

James Siena currently lives and works in New York City.

The School of Art and Art History is part of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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