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Sept. 19, 2005

UI Alumnus, Metal Artist MaloneBeach Will Speak Sept. 26

James MaloneBeach, an internationally renowned metal artist and alumnus of the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History, will give a lecture on his work at 8:15 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26 in Room E109 of the UI Art Building in Room E109.

His lecture will be free and open to the public.

MaloneBeach, who was a student in the UI metalsmithing program, will also visit a class in order to give the current graduate students in the program feedback on their work.

MaloneBeach creates medals of honor for personal and public feats. His work is  inspired by military decorations and reliquaries. His medals frequently include fabricated metal frames, found objects, personal artifacts and relics, animal body parts, ribbons and photos. They have honored the heroism of ordinary lives as well as satirized politicians and political situations and the foibles of daily life.

His medals have been exhibited locally, nationally and internationally. His medals are owned by the Swedish Cabinet of Coins and Medals, the National Museum of the Netherlands and the British Museum, among others. He is a frequent exhibitor at the Art Medal World Congress and the International Biennial of Contemporary Medal in Seixal, Portugal.

MaloneBeach received his master's degree from the UI in 1981. He teaches high school art in the Big Rapids, Mich., public schools. His students have been accepted to national and international exhibitions.

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

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