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Feb. 16, 2007

UI Museum Of Art Continues 'View And DO' Family Series March 3

The University of Iowa Museum of Art (UIMA) will continue its series of family-centered events, "View and DO: A Family Art Activity," from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 3.

"View and DO" activities offer child-adult teams a chance to explore historical ideas or design concepts through tours of the gallery and related activities. Each session starts with Molly Vadnais, a graduate student in art education, providing an introduction to a selection of artworks in the UIMA. Afterwards, participants do a hands-on arts activity for kids and adults based on the artworks viewed.

In this session, participants will get to know images of gardens and the outdoors in the UIMA's current exhibition "Picturing Eden." After their tour, they will go outside and collect pieces of "nature" to use in a collage art project.

"Younger kids are really eager to create -- they are fearless and they really just let it fly," said Dale Fisher, the UIMA director of education. "Parents really get into it too. They are really surprised at how their kids engage with and interpret the art."

The activity is especially geared towards children ages 6 to 10 and their parents and grandparents or adult caregiver. "View and DO" is open to the public and costs $10 for each child-and-adult team. For registration information, please call 319-335-1730.

An exhibition of 130 contemporary photographs in color and black and white, "Picturing Eden" explores how artists interpret concepts of paradise.

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; Writer: Emily Grosvenor.