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Aug. 11, 2006

UI Museum Of Art Will Celebrate Feldstein's Work

"Peter Feldstein: Drawings, 2000-2006," an exhibition of more than 40 digital images by the University of Iowa emeritus professor of art, will be on display in the UI Museum of Art through Oct. 8.

A reception for Feldstein will be held in the museum at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8. Both the exhibition and the reception are open to the public free of charge.

Works in the exhibition use "source drawings" -- black shapes on white backgrounds -- that serve as models for two groups of completed works: cliché verre and digital drawings. The shapes are not quite abstract: Feldstein wants the viewer to make connections between the shapes in the drawings and the real things they suggest.

Cliché verre (glass plate) is a technique derived from early photographic processes in which a drawing is made on a coated transparent material. The plate is used like a photographic negative, leading to a positive image on paper of the negative image on the plate.

In all of the works, Feldstein has used computer software to manipulate the images in order to better achieve line, texture and depth.

Feldstein, who earned a master's degree and a Master of Fine Arts from the UI, taught photography and digital imaging at the UI from 1973 until his retirement in 2005. He received an individual artist's grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, two Iowa Arts Council Grants and two Polaroid Collection grants. He has also been an artist-in-residence at Dartmouth College.

His work is represented by Olson-Larsen Galleries in Des Moines and Rico-Maresco Gallery in New York City.

Feldstein has recently become well known for his work with UI journalism faculty member Stephen Bloom on "The Oxford Project," which was featured in an article written by Bloom for the June issue of Smithsonian magazine and in the New York Times.

In 1984, Feldstein photographed 670 people in the small eastern Iowa town of Oxford, where he has lived for nearly three decades. Last year, he began a new series of portraits of the same people while Bloom conducted interviews with the subjects.

Further biographical information and examples of Feldstein's work can be found online at Other examples of his work are available at Read about the Oxford project at

The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, is open noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, and noon to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Admission is free. Public metered parking is available in UI parking lots west and north of the museum.

For more information on the UI Museum of Art visit on the World Wide Web. Information on other UI arts events is available at To receive UI arts news by e-mail, contact

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

CONTACT: Peter Alexander, 319-384-0072,

PHOTOS of Feldstein's work can be found at

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