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University of Iowa News Release

Oct. 25, 2005

UI Libraries Hosts cARTalog Exhibit From Iowa City Public School Students

The University of Iowa Libraries is hosting an exhibit of artwork created from old card catalog cards by Iowa City Community School District students on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 10 a.m. to noon in the North Exhibition Hall of the Main Library.

The artwork was submitted as part of the cARTalog project to help commemorate the UI Library's sesquicentennial. The cARTalog project sent thousands of cards from the now-retired card catalogs of the university's libraries across Iowa and the country with the invitation to create works of art on them. The results of the school project will be on display.

The first event will offer a number of family activities in addition to the exhibit. A small group of UI students in advanced playwriting will perform several short works inspired by the cards. Children and their parents can decorate a catalog card boat for the "float" or join in the communal building of a "house of cards."

An exhibit is planned for the spring semester for many of the other pieces of art made from card catalogs.

To get involved in the Libraries cARTalog project, the public is invited to "pull" cards for their own art projects. For more information about cARTalog, check online at

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

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