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Feb. 9, 2007

Images: Georgia Deal, Prairie Waltz (top, left) and Tom Ashcraft, Memorial (bottom, left)

Visual Artists Deal And Ashcraft Will Discuss Their Works Feb. 22

Visual artists Georgia Deal and Tom Ashcraft will present an illustrated lecture on their work at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, in Room 116 of the University of Iowa Art Building West.

The lecture, which is presented by the UI School of Art and Art History, is free and open to the public.

Deal is known principally as a printmaker. She is chair of the printmaking department at the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, D.C. She has also held the position of resident printmaker at the National Museum of American Art at the Smithsonian Institution. Her work is in many collections both public and private, and she holds numerous awards including grants from the D.C. Commission on the Arts, Philadelphia Art Alliance and New York State Council on the Arts.

Deal's inspirations and the bases for her works are gathered in the surroundings and experiences of her travels and personal history. The resulting images throughout her works come from this "personal vocabulary": a collection of images, specific through personal association, relationship and interpretation.

You can learn more at Deal's Web page:

Ashcraft is a faculty member and coordinator of sculpture for the College of Visual and Performing Arts at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. As a creative artist he makes drawings, sculptural objects, installations, and solo and collaborative public works.

He has exhibited and produced work throughout the United States including the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, N.C.; the Atlanta Center for Contemporary Art; the Washington Project for the Arts in Washington, D.C.; the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.; and the Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute in Utica, N.Y. His work is included in many public and private collections.

Ashcraft has received commissions for a wide variety of projects, ranging from a conceptual collaboratively designed bookstore to the Mt. Rainer, Md., Roundabout, in collaboration with artist David Chung, which included streetscape design, two 16-foot tall mosaic sculptures, three bus shelters, 900 linear feet of cast bas relief and sidewalk-surface design.

For more, see Ashcraft's Web page:

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