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Nov. 10, 2006

Photo By Humboldt Resident In UI Exhibit

Lori Runkle of Humboldt has won a University of Iowa photo-essay contest titled "The Animals Among Us." Her photo of a dog at a Memorial Day service is part of an exhibition on display at the Old Capitol Museum in Iowa City now though Jan. 14, 2007.

Each participant sent in one photo and an essay that described the image's significance and the writer's relationship with the featured creatures. Runkle's photo and essay are available at

Winning entries in the children's division of the exhibit will be shown from Oct. 14, 2006 to March 31, 2007 as part of the "Wild about Animals!" exhibit at the Iowa Children's Museum. 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," said Teresa Mangum, associate professor of English in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences who co-directs the Obermann group. "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."

"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

PHOTOS: A high-resolution photo for this article may be found at: