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March 10, 2006

Still-Life And Figure Painter Erlebacher Will Speak At UI March 23

Martha Mayer Erlebacher, a still-life and figure painter who is chair of the faculty at the New York Academy of Art in Manhattan, will give a free public lecture on her work at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 23, in Room E109 of the University of Iowa Art Building.

Erlebacher's talk will be sponsored by the UI School of Art & Art History.

Since the 1970s Erlebacher has painted fruit, eggs, pots, vases and a variety of other objects in a realistic style. She also paints Renaissance-like figures, primarily portraits and the female nude. Her oil paintings feature warm colors and her drawings subtle changes of value.

In 1998, Erlebacher explored her feelings and purposes in her art:

"I try to make art, which reaffirms to the viewer that there is value in human life. It should give the sense that one is not alone, and that one is part of a group with similar needs, longings, hopes, dreams, fears and desires which transcend time (the subjects of art).

"I try to represent to the viewer situations, which can shed light on his (her) own life. It should do this with representations of the human form and the environment that are compellingly rendered as three-dimensional entities in which forms can move in space convincingly (the means of representation). It should speak about human life metaphorically rather than literally (the metaphor). It should do all of the above in an organizational context, which reaffirms the continuity of existence from generation to generation the means of organization a tall order."

The entire article, and reproductions of Erlebacher's paintings, can be found online at

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