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Nov. 9, 2006

Photos: (left to right) Paul Brooks, Diane Staudt, Janis Elliot, Gerald Rowles, and William Calvin

Photos By Des Moines Area Residents In UI Exhibit

Several Des Moines area residents have won a University of Iowa photo-essay contest titled "The Animals Among Us." Their winning works are part of an exhibition on display at the Old Capitol Museum in Iowa City now though Jan. 14, 2007.

Winners included Paul Brooke, Diane Staudt and William Calvin of Des Moines, along with Janis Elliot of Carlisle and Gerald Rowles of Johnston. Their animal photos were among 24 images selected in the adult division of the exhibit. Each participant sent in one photo and an essay that described the image's significance and the writer's relationship with the featured creatures.

Winning entries in the children's division of the exhibit will be shown from Oct. 14 to March 31 as part of a larger "Wild about Animals!" exhibit at the Iowa Children's Museum. Clark Colby and Mallory Wickenmeyer of Urbandale had winning entries in this division.

After ending at the UI, both exhibitions will travel to various locations around the state of Iowa. The "Animals Among Us" exhibit is presented by the UI's Obermann Animal Studies Group, a venture dedicated to the field of animal studies.

"This project asks Iowans to consider the many ways that they depend on animals and animals depend on them. One of the goals of the contest was to inspire Iowans to reflect not only on their pets, but also on farm animals, wild animals, birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and even insects," said Teresa Mangum, associate professor of English in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences who co-directs the Obermann group.

"The Animals Among Us" is part of the group's "Animals/Arts/Iowa" project, a series of exhibitions, lectures and films that reflect on the relations between humans and animals. Sponsors "Animals/Arts/Iowa" include the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, Institute for Cinema and Culture, 18th-19th Century Interdisciplinary Colloquium, International Programs, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, UI Museum of Art, the School of Art and Art History, the UI Office of the President's Year of Public Engagement Award, the UI Office of the Vice President for Research, Presentations, Old Capitol Museum, and Iowa Children's Museum.

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SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: George McCrory 319-384-0012,; Program: Teresa Magnum, Writer: Colin Burke.

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