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Release: Oct. 13, 2006

Feldstein And Bloom Will Discuss 'The Oxford Project' Oct. 22

Peter Feldstein, University of Iowa emeritus professor of art, and Stephen G. Bloom, professor of journalism, will discuss their critically-acclaimed "Oxford Project" at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22, in the Lasansky Room of the UI Museum of Art.

The discussion will be free and open to the public.

Feldstein and Bloom's collaboration has attracted a great deal of attention recently. It began more than 20 years ago, in 1984, when Feldstein photographed 670 people in the small eastern Iowa town of Oxford, where he has lived for nearly three decades.

Last year, Feldstein decided to go back to Oxford and follow up the original project with a new series of portraits of the same people. This time, Bloom conducted interviews with the subjects. Together, they will discuss how "The Oxford Project" came about, their process, and the ideas behind the project, which has been featured in the New York Times and Smithsonian magazine, and on ABC World News Tonight.

Feldstein works in photography, drawing, printmaking, and digital imaging. He has exhibited nationally, including group shows at the Center for Creative Photography, Walker Art Center and the Rhode Island School of Design. He has received an NEA Individual Artist's Grant, two Iowa Arts Council grants and two Polaroid Collection grants. He earned a master's degree and a master of fine arts degree from the UI, and taught photography and digital imaging at the UI from 1973 until his retirement in 2005. He received an individual artist's grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, two Iowa Arts Council Grants and two Polaroid Collection grants. He has also been an artist-in-residence at Dartmouth College.

Stephen G. Bloom is the author of "Postville: A Clash of Cultures in Heartland America" (2000). A Selection of The Book of the Month Club and Quality Paperback Books Club, "Postville" was named a Best Book of the Year by numerous media outlets and has become required reading in more than 100 university and college courses throughout the United States. Bloom has lectured widely about issues of diversity, the nature of community, cultural identity and the social sense of belonging. Bloom is the author of other books and free-lance articles, and he was a staff writer at the Los Angeles Times, Dallas Morning News and other major newspapers. For the last 13 years, Bloom has taught at the UI, where he specializes in narrative journalism.

More information about the Oxford project, including biographies of Feldstein and Bloom, as well as examples of the photos, can be seen at http://oxfordproject.com.

The School of Art and Art History and Department of Journalism are part of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, is open noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, and noon to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Admission is free. Public metered parking is available in UI parking lots west and north of the museum.

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Peter Alexander, 319-384-0072; cell: 319-541-2846; peter-alexander@uiowa.edu.