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April 7, 2006

David Taylor Will Speak On 'Manifest Destiny And Utopia' April 12

David Taylor, an assistant professor of photography at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, will present a lecture, "Go West: Manifest Destiny and Utopia," at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 12 in Room E109 of the University of Iowa Art Building.

Taylor's lecture, which is presented by the UI School of Art and Art History, will be free and open to the public.

Taylor has a bachelor's degree from Tufts University and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Oregon. Through his work, Taylor explores the confluence of culture and nature in mixed-media photo constructions and artists' books. He explores how our sense of place is formed, specifically our perceptions of the American West as they have been shaped through history and mythology.

Taylor has been included in group and solo exhibitions at the University of Washington, the University of Notre Dame, Texas Woman's University and the Society for Contemporary Photography in Kansas City. In addition, his work was recently included in the exhibition "Reimaging the West" at SF Camerawork in San Francisco and he has upcoming solo exhibitions in El Paso, Texas and Portland, Oregon.

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

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