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March 21, 2007

Visiting Artist Nina Katchadourian Will Discuss Her Work April 6

Nina Katchadourian, an artist of Swedish-Finnish and Turkish-Armenian-Lebanese heritage who engages issues of geography and identity in her artworks, will present a lecture on her work at 8 p.m. Friday, April 6, in Room 116 of the University of Iowa Art Building West.

Katchadourian's lecture, which is sponsored by the Suzanne L. Tick and Terrance Mowers Distinguished Visiting Artists Program and the UI School of Art and Art History, will be free and open to the public. During her visit to the UI, Katchadourian will meet with students in the painting and drawing area.

Katchadourian's mother is from a Swedish-speaking minority in Finland, and her father is a Turkish Armenian who grew up in Lebanon. Katchadourian herself was born in Stanford, Calif., and grew up spending every summer on a small island in the Finnish archipelago. As Merrily Kerr wrote in Time Out New York, her work "stages her humorous tug-of-war between family history and the ultra-American goal of assimilation."

Katchadourian's work exists in a wide variety of media including photography, sculpture, video and sound. It has been exhibited domestically and internationally, including at PS1/MoMA, Artists Space and SculptureCenter in New York; the Serpentine Gallery in Kensington Gardens, London; and New Langton Arts in San Francisco. In January 2006 the Turku Art Museum in Turku, Finland, featured a solo show of works made in Finland, and in June 2006 the Tang Museum in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., opened a 10-year survey of her work with a forthcoming monograph.

For more on Katchadourian, including examples of her work in many different media, see

The Suzanne L. Tick and Terrance Mowers Distinguished Visiting Artists Program is  made possible by the support of Suzanne L. Tick and Terrance Mowers. The program brings interdisciplinary artists to the UI for public talks, studio visits, forums and informal meeting with students.

The School of Art and Art History is part of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. You may visit the UI School of Art and Art History web site at

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