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April 14, 2006

Sculptor And Painter Will Discuss Their Works April 27 At UI

The University of Iowa School of Art and Art History will present lectures by a pair of guest artists who will discuss their own work, on Thursday, April 27, in Room E109 of the UI Art Building.

The lectures -- by sculptor Maria Elena Gonzalez at 7 p.m. and by painter Suzanne McClelland at 8 p.m. -- will be free and open to the public.

Gonzalez was born in Havana, Cuba, and lives and works in Brooklyn, N.Y., and Basel, Switzerland. She creates sculpture that includes classical elements while reworking what these elements represent. She has been awarded grants by Creative Capital, the Joan Mitchell Foundation, the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and Anonymous Was A Woman. She recently won a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Gonzalez was a resident faculty member at the Skowhegan School of Art during summer 2005 and teaches sculpture as a visiting artist at the Cooper Union School of Art. She has had recent solo exhibitions at Manhattan's El Museo del Barrio, Brooklyn's Rotunda Gallery and HallWalls in Buffalo. This year she will be showing at Sonsbeek 9 in Arnhem, Holland, and at the Queens Museum of Art.

McClelland was born in Jacksonville, Fla. She studied at the Universita Italiana per Stranieri in Perugia, Italy. She received a bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan in 1981 and a Master of Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts in New York in 1989.

Her work has been widely exhibited nationally and internationally. She has had solo exhibitions at the Orlando Museum of Art and the Weatherspoon Art Gallery at the University of North Carolina, and her work was included in the Whitney Biennial in 1993. Her work is also featured in Phaidon Press's recent publication, "Vitamin P: New Perspectives in Painting."

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

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