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Sept. 23, 2005

UI Alumnus Brad Schweiger Will Speak About Ceramics Oct. 3

The ceramics area of the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History will host a lecture by UI alumnus Brad Schwieger at 8:15 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3 in Room E109 of the UI Art Building.

Schweiger will talk about his own work in ceramics. His talk will be free and open to the public.

Schweiger is chair of the ceramics area at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. He received his bachelor's degree from the UI and a master's degree from Utah State University in Logan.

"My work is a fusion of intent and improvisation," Schweiger said. "Form comes first and has always been the most essential element in my work. My sources are often utilitarian, dealing with containment. I have drawn inspiration from the folk pots of the U.S. and Japan and, more recently, from the contemporary ceramics movement in Eastern Europe."

Schwieger has participated in more than 300 exhibitions including "Different Stokes: International Wood Fired Ceramics Invitational," held at the UI Museum of Art in 2000.

His other exhibitions around the world have included the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts Juried Exhibition in San Diego in 2003; the Seto Ceramics and Art Glass Center in Seto, Japan, in 2002; and the 2nd Cheongju International Craft Competition in Korea in 2001. In 1999, his work was shown in a solo exhibition at George E. Ohr Cultural Art Center in Biloxi, Miss.; the National Ceramics Invitational at Denise Bibro Gallery in New York City; and the International Ceramics Symposium/Exhibition at Kunstlerhaus 188 in Halle, Germany.

Schweiger was artist in residence at the Archie Bray Foundation for Ceramic Arts in Helena, Mont., and the Watershed Center for Ceramics in Maine, both in 1998.

His work is in many public collections including the Taipei Cultural Center in Taiwan; the Agency of Czech Design in Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic; International Museum of Ceramics in Romhild, Germany; and the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art at Utah State University.

He has conducted more than 50 workshops and lectured across the United States, Europe and Asia. His work has been published and reviewed in American Craft, Ceramics Monthly and many other periodicals and books.

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

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