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Oct. 12, 2007

Enamel and cloisonné artist Harlan Butt will present free lecture Oct. 23

Harlan Butt, a Regents Professor of Art at the University of North Texas, will present "Earth Beneath My Feet," a public lecture about his work with enamel and cloisonné on vessels, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, in Room 116 of Art Building West on the University of Iowa campus.

Butt's visit to the UI is sponsored by the jewelry and metalsmithing area of the UI School of Art and Art History. During his visit to campus he will also present a workshop and demonstration on "Repetitive Pattern Cloisonné" from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, in the metalsmithing studio, Room S181 of the old UI Art Building.

Both the lecture and the demonstration are open to the public free of charge.

Butt has written: "My influences often come from the flora and fauna of the places I have lived, their colors, textures and shapes. But as a human being I also live in a world of relationship, interaction and communication and so imagery, even of nature, can be metaphorical as well as literal.

"On many of my recent pieces, cloisonné is used to create repeated patterns on the surfaces of three-dimensional vessels. From the cell structure of plants and animals to the multiplicity of stars in the sky to the days in our lives, repetition supplies structure to chaos.

"The words on this page as I type them, the sound of the wind outside my window, the memories of things I have seen and heard and touched: the making of art, for me, is more than a record of these things, it is part of the experience of discovering connections. It is part of the act of being alive."

Butt has taught at the University of North Texas since 1976. He is past president of the Enamelist Society and a fellow of the American Crafts Council. His work has been exhibited in Australia, Canada, England, Germany, India, Japan, Korea, Russia and throughout the United States. His work is found in the permanent collections of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institute, the Museum of Art & Design in New York City, and other museums and galleries.

For more information, including Butt's biography and images of his work, see his Web page, at

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