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University of Iowa News Release

Aug. 14, 2006

UI School Of Art and Art History Benefit Auction Opens Aug. 25

For a month this fall -- Aug. 25 to Sept. 25 -- you will be able to purchase a work of art created by a University of Iowa faculty member and support the students of the UI School of Art and Art History at the same time.

During that month, the School of Art and Art History will offer an "Online Auction Benefit Exhibition" of artworks by faculty members, to support student scholarships, materials, travel and exhibitions. You may access the auction through the school's Web page, at

Online bidding will be accepted in the auction starting at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25, and continue through 9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25.

In connection with the auction, the faculty artworks available for purchase will be featured in an exhibition in the gallery space of Art Building West (ABW). The gallery will be open to the public free of charge, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and noon to 5 p.m. weekends, Aug. 26-Sept. 25. Computer terminals will be available in the exhibition so that bids may be made from the gallery.

Auction items will include more than 20 works in a variety of media including painting and sculpture.

The "Online Auction Benefit Exhibition" will be part of "100 Years of Art at Iowa," a celebration of the centennial of art instruction at the university. The celebration coincides with the opening of ABW, the new building of the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History that was designed by internationally renowned architect Steven Holl, which will be dedicated on Friday, Sept. 8.

The first major university to offer academic credit for creative work -- as opposed to historical studies -- the University of Iowa has a long history of art instruction. The first art class was taught at the UI in 1906. The university awarded its first graduate degree for creative work in 1924, when Eve Drewelowe received a master's in painting.

The School of Art and Art History was created as a separate academic unit in 1936, when a new building funded in part by the Carnegie Foundation made it possible to house the art history faculty and the studio art faculty in a single facility. Prominent faculty members of the school have included painters Grant Wood and Philip Guston and pioneering printmaker Mauricio Lasansky.

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

For information on UI arts events, visit on the World Wide Web. 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.

MEDIA CONTACT: Peter Alexander, 319-384-0072,

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