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March 31, 2005

Photographer Martina Lopez Discusses Her Work April 14 At UI

Photographer Martina Lopez, the Michael P. Grace Professor of Arts and Letters at the University of Notre Dame, will speak about her work at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 14, in Room E109 of the University of Iowa Art Building.

Lopez's talk, sponsored by the photography area of the UI School of Art and Art History, will be free and open to the public.

Lopez uses digital media to create new works from 19th-century portraits and landscape photographs. "The 19th century portrait, landscape and the digital media help me communicate my interpretation of the human experience," she says in a statement posted on the Web. "By extracting people from their original context and then placing them into fabricated landscapes, I hope to retell a story of their being, one which allows the images to acquire a life of their own."

Lopez was born and raised in Seattle. She received a bachelor's degree from the University of Washington in Seattle and a master's from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1990. She has been teaching at the University of Notre Dame since 1993.

Lopez's artwork has been featured in Aperture magazine, the third edition of Naomi Rosenblum's "A World History of Photography" and "American Photography: a Century of Images" by Vicki Goldberg and Robert Silberman. She received a National Endowment for the Arts Visual Arts Photography Fellowship in 1992. Her work has been exhibited widely, including exhibitions Seoul Museum of Art in Seoul, Korea, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Her work is in various private and public collections including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., and the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, Ariz.

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

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