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March 30, 2006

Artist Oliver Herring Will Discuss His Work April 13 At UI

Oliver Herring, an artist working in performance, photography, sculpture and video, will present a slide lecture of his work at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 13, in Room E109 of the University of Iowa Art Building.

Herring's lecture, which is supported by the Suzanne L. Tick and Terrance Mowers Distinguished Visiting Artists Program at the UI School of Art and Art History, will be free and open to the public.

Herring, born in Germany, received a bachelor's degree in painting from the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art at Oxford University in England and a master's degree from Hunter College in New York. He has exhibited internationally and his work is included in many private and public collections. He lives and works in New York City, where he is represented by Max Protetch Gallery.

Trained as a painter, Herring first gained international attention with his sculpture series "A Flower for Ethyl Eichelberger: an Ongoing Project" (1991-1994). These larger-than-life coats, blankets, and other objects of shelter and comfort, knitted in silver Mylar and clear plastic tape, honored the memory of a drag performer and Wigstock legend whose 1990 suicide deeply affected alternative culture around the world.

Today, performance and video are important parts of Herring's creative work. Like the process of knitting and the combining/layering/multiplying of photographic fragments into a sculptural whole, his performances aim to be cumulative in their effect. More information and photographs of Herring's work may be found at his Web site:

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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