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Sept. 30, 2005

Kathleen Edwards Will Give Oct. 13 Gallery Talk On 'Portraits' Exhibition

Kathleen Edwards, curator of European and American art at the University of Iowa Museum of Art (UIMA), will talk about the museum's current exhibition "Portraits: Body, Mind, and Soul" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13 in the museum's Hoover-Paul Gallery.

Edwards' gallery talk will be free and open to the public.

Edwards, who organized the exhibition from the museum's permanent collection, will discuss individual works, including Claude Mellan's engraving from a single line, "The Sudarium of St. Veronica," and Glenn Ligon's prints of manipulated and repeated texts from writings by Zora Neale Hurston and Ralph Ellison.

The change from earlier representations of external likenesses to a more recent focus on internal characteristics will be illustrated in the talk, with emphasis placed on the materials and styles of the artists.

"Portraits: Body, Mind, and Soul" will be on display at the UIMA through Oct. 16. It is an exhibition of 50 prints, drawings and photographs selected from the museum's permanent collection of works on paper, including several recent gifts, and the Mr. and Mrs. Peter O. Stamats gift of artists' self portraits.

The exhibition includes works from 43 artists including Rembrandt, Whistler, Degas, Warhol and Matisse.

Edwards has been a curator at the UIMA for more than seven years. She has organized more than 25 exhibitions for the museum, including "Art is Life/Life is Art: The Graphic Work of Dieter Roth," "From Hayter to Pettibon: American Workshop Prints" and "Farm Life in Iowa: Photographs by A.M. Wettach," which will travel to 12 venues across the state of Iowa through 2006. Her recent exhibition and catalogue "Acting Out: Invented Melodrama in Contemporary Photography" is currently on view at the Neuberger Museum of Art in New York.

In 2004, Edwards was appointed adjunct professor in the UI Department of Cinema and Comparative Literature. She was previously director of the Print Center in Philadelphia. She received a master's degree from the Philadelphia College of Art and a bachelor's from the University of Richmond.

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