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Aug. 10, 2007

Aug. 24 'Know the Score' Broadcast Will Feature 'Monks To Masters' Exhibition

An exhibition of books and manuscripts from the Middle Ages will be the subject of the radio program "Know the Score LIVE!" for its broadcast 5-7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24, from the University of Iowa Museum of Art's Lasansky Gallery and the Nancy and Craig Willis Atrium.

The program, part of the weekly arts and humanities series hosted by Joan Kjaer, can be heard at that time on radio station KSUI, 91.7 FM (101.7 FM in Dubuque). It will be rebroadcast on KSUI 3-5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29. Listen to the broadcast on the Internet at

The live event, broadcast live from the UI Museum of Art (UIMA) will be open to the public free of charge.

"From Monks to Masters: The Medieval Manuscript and the Early Printed Book" will be on display at the museum through Oct. 7. The exhibition of more than 50 objects explores the transition from a time when books were hand copied by a select group of literate and often religious scribes to the era of mass-produced books created by master printers using the latest 15th-century technology: the hand-operated wooden printing press.

David Schoonover and Gregory Prickman of Special Collections & University Archives at the UI Libraries will introduce the exhibition, which they helped organize, and discuss background issues.

A series of speakers will then present a variety of perspectives on the exhibition:

-- Tim Barrett on papermaking, illustrated with show paper samples;

-- Cheryl Jacobsen on calligraphy, with illustrations;

-- Sara Sauers on medieval printing techniques;

-- Kathleen Kamerick on books of hours, an important genre of medieval illustrated books, with a facsimile book of hours from UI Libraries Special Collections;

-- Ray Mentzer on medieval religious texts, with a focus on Martin Luther;

-- Ed Holtum on medical printing, with a focus on Galen;

-- Elizabeth Aubrey on medieval music practices with some CD recordings;

-- Denise Filios on medieval Spanish manuscripts;

-- Gary Frost on medieval bookbinding;

-- Jon Wilcox on charters, manuscripts, and facsimiles;

-- Glenn Ehrstine on medieval studies in Iowa; and

-- Matt Brown on the persistence of the medieval in early American book studies.

The University of Iowa Alumni Association is the corporate sponsor of "Know the Score LIVE!" broadcasts. Refreshments are provided by the Prairie Table.

"Monks to Masters" is a collaboration of UI Libraries Special Collections, the Hardin Library's Martin Rare Book Room and the UIMA. It was organized by David Schoonover and Gregory Prickman of Special Collections & University Archives at the UI Libraries, and Kathleen Kamerick of the UI Department of History.

The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, is open noon to 9 p.m. Fridays. Admission is free to the museum and to the "Know the Score LIVE!" broadcast. Public metered parking is available in UI parking lots west and north of the museum.

Information on KSUI broadcasts is available at For more information in the UI Museum of Art visit on the World Wide Web.

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

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