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April 11, 2007

Robert Coogan Will Present 'From Steel Into Gold' April 17

Robert Coogan, head of metalsmithing at the Tennessee Technological University Appalachian Center for Crafts in Smithville, Tenn., will present a lecture on his current work and techniques at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 17 in Room 116 of the University of Iowa Art Building West.

Coogan's lecture, "From Steel into Gold," is presented by the jewelry and metal arts area of the UI School of Art and Art History. It will be free and open to the public.

Coogan will also present a workshop on "Traditional Coppersmithing Brought up to Date," 3:30 to 5:20 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, in Room S181 of the Art Building. The public is welcome to observe the workshop.

Coogan's work aims to challenge the concepts of preciousness and vulnerability. He uses recycled iron and Damascus steel along with silver, gold and semiprecious stones to create jewelry and sculptural objects. His work has been exhibited widely and been acquired by the National Ornamental Metal Museum and the Cancer Research Center in Memphis; and the Tennessee State Museum in Nashville.

He received his Master of Fine Arts degree in 1979 from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. He has been teaching at the Appalachian Center for Crafts since 1981. He presents workshops around the country, most recently in "Maker 2006" in Loma Mar, Calif.

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