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Feb. 9, 2006

Interdisciplinary Artist Inaugurates Visiting Artists Program At UI Feb. 15

The internationally acclaimed interdisciplinary artist and educator Nayland Blake will present the inaugural lecture of the Suzanne L. Tick and Terrance Mowers Distinguished Visiting Artists Program at the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15 in the auditorium of the UI Art Building.

The lecture will be free and open to the public.

Blake is the chair of the ICP-Bard Program in Advanced Photographic Studies at the International Center for Photography in New York City.

In his talk, Blake will discuss his own work in the broader context of contemporary art practice and explore the role of doubt in creative production. He said, "I'm interested in looking skeptically at the state of the art -- and of the enterprise that is the art world."

Blake's work has been exhibited widely in the United States and internationally. It is included in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Des Moines Art Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City and the University Art Museum in Berkeley, Cal.

His writing has been published in Artforum, Interview, Out, Outlook and numerous exhibition catalogues.

Since 1997 Blake has served on the faculty of the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College in New York City. He has been a visiting faculty member at the San Francisco Art Institute, California Institute of the Arts, the University of California at Berkeley, Parsons School of Design, New York University, the School of Visual Arts and the Harvard University School of Visual and Environmental Studies.

He has been a visiting artist at numerous colleges and universities, including Yale University, the Museum School, Rhode Island School of Design, Williams College and the Art Institute of Chicago.

Blake received a bachelor's degree from Bard College and a master of fine arts at the California Institute of the Arts. He is represented by Matthew Marks Gallery in New York.

The Suzanne L. Tick and Terrance Mowers Distinguished Visiting Artists Program and Blake's lecture are made possible by the support of Suzanne L. Tick and Terrance Mowers. The program will bring interdisciplinary artists to the UI for public talks, studio visits, forums and informal meeting with students.

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

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