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Feb. 8, 2006

Illustrator D.B. Dowd Will Speak At UI Feb. 14 And 15

Illustrator D.B. Dowd will present two free public lectures on studio practice, contemporary criticism and multi-media communication graphics during a visit to the printmaking area of the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History.

The lectures , both held in Room E109 of the UI Art Building, will be:

-- 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14: "The Graphic Sensibility: an Aesthetic of Communication," a discussion of Dowd's own work; and

-- 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15: "Confessions of a Vulgarian," a discussion of his perspective on contemporary printmaking and its relationships to other contemporary media, including the Internet, film and graphic design.

Dowd is an illustrator, animator, creative director, printmaker and writer whose work has been featured in The New Yorker Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and other national publications. Dowd is a professor in the School of Art at Washington University in St. Louis, where he teaches in the Visual Communications program.

In 2004, Dowd co-organized the exhibition "The Rubber Frame: Culture and Comics" with Todd Hignite, editor of the award-winning Comic Art magazine. The exhibition and the accompanying book traced the development and evolution of the comics form.

In March 2000, Dowd launched, an online animated series that began life in 1997 as a serial feature on the opinion pages of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Working with the Olin Library Special Collections at Washington University, Dowd also has helped organize a number of exhibitions devoted to the history of illustration.

In 1988, Dowd co-founded Charles Bevan Press, a publisher of fine books and folios, and he continues to produce limited editions of handmade books featuring his own stories and prints. Today his work can be found in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Fogg Museum of Art at Harvard University, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis and the Saint Louis Art Museum, among others. His work was recently highlighted in the "Creative Showcase" feature of the international design magazine Graphics.

Dowd received a bachelor of arts degree in history from Kenyon College in 1983 and a master of fine arts in printmaking at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, in 1989. In 1991 he was a Rotary International Postgraduate Scholar of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.

Dowd's current work can be viewed at his Web site,

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