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Nov. 5, 2007

Face AIDS committee calls for artists to respond to HIV/AIDS

The Iowa City Face AIDS event committee is searching for Iowa artists who would like to participate in "The Artists Respond to HIV/AIDS" art exhibit taking place on Saturday, Dec. 1, Global AIDS Day. This event is meant to powerfully combine art and raise awareness of HIV/AIDS.

Global AIDS Day recognizes when the HIV/AIDS virus was first discovered on Dec. 1, 1981, as well as recognizes those infected by HIV/AIDS, and those committed to ending the pandemic.

The art exhibit will open at 5:30 p.m., with a reception until 8 p.m., on Dec. 1 at the Chait Galleries Downtown, 218 E. Washington St., in Iowa City. The goal of the exhibit is to bring together a variety of pieces to convey various perspectives and impact a wide audience, ultimately leading to further awareness within the community.

Local artists are asked to create a unique piece, in any medium, to illustrate their personal response to HIV/AIDS. Two-dimensional pieces may be no larger than 24 inches by 24 inches and three-dimensional pieces may be no larger than 3 feet by 3 feet. Artists may choose to sell or donate their work, though this is not required for participation. If artists choose to donate, proceeds will go to Face AIDS, a nonprofit, student-driven initiative to raise funds for people with HIV/AIDS in Africa.

Art must be delivered to event organizer Elizabeth Petersen or the Chait Galleries Downtown by Nov. 24. Artists must confirm participation and send a brief description of the piece and response to HIV/AIDS, name, and short biography to Petersen by Nov. 20. Information provided will be included in a program for the event.

The James Gang, the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the UI Center for Human Rights, Carver College of Medicine's Global Medicine Society, and the College of Public Health Student Association will host the event. Tickets will be sold at the door and local Iowa City downtown businesses. There is a suggested donation of $5 for event tickets.

Money raised through ticket sales will be donated to Partners In Health, a nonprofit corporation based in Boston that brings the benefits of modern medical science to those most in need.

Face AIDS is a student-driven, nonprofit organization that aims to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS as a global program. It has partnered with several other organizations, such as Partners in Health and the Clinton Foundation. Face AIDS sells beaded ribbons made by micro-financed HIV/AIDS awareness groups in Zambia and Rwanda to serve the dual purpose of raising awareness and helping to lift people out of poverty. More information can be found at http://www.faceaids.org.

The James Gang is a Johnson Country nonprofit organization that aims to create a more dynamic community by helping creative individuals put their ideas into place. The James Gang has been the recipient of The Press Citizen Person of the Year award. It has been responsible for such Iowa City projects as Free Wireless, the 10,000 Hours Show, the Coaster Project and Chalk the Walk. More information can be found at http://www.thejamesgang.ws.

UICHR is a part of University of Iowa International Programs, which enables UI students, faculty, staff and the public to learn from and about the world. Its offices, degree programs and events provide life-changing opportunities on campus and abroad, heighten intellectual and cultural diversity, and give all university constituents access to vital international knowledge. For more information, visit http://intl-programs.uiowa.edu/ or call 319-353-2700. International Programs is part of the UI Office of the Provost.

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

MEDIA CONTACTS: Amy Weismann, UI Center for Human Rights, 319-335-0483, amy-weismann@uiowa.edu; Elizabeth Petersen, UI Center for Human Rights, 319-530-3043, elizabeth-petersen@uiowa.edu; Heather Byers, The James Gang, 917-626-1514, hmbyers@yahoo.com; Kelli Andresen, International Programs, 319-335-2026, kelli-andresen@uiowa.edu; Lois Gray, University News Services, 319-384-0077, lois-gray@uiowa.edu.