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Oct. 18, 2007

Palermo will discuss her surreal, sometimes humorous sculpture Oct. 29

Victoria Palermo, a visiting professor of studio art at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., will present a lecture about her work in sculpture at 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29, in Room 116 of Art Building West on the University of Iowa campus.

Her lecture, sponsored by the UI School of Art and Art History, will be free and open to the public.

Palermo's work addresses the surreal, sometimes humorous, relationship between the built world and our natural environment. The artist says that she uses "diverse materials -- rubber, grass, moss -- that conjure the sensuality of the human body while also pursuing the communal, suggesting perhaps suburban landscape, science fiction, architecture or maybe just referring back to the conventions of art-making."

Her work has been shown in numerous solo and group shows nationally and internationally, including the Williams College Museum of Art, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, the Fields Sculpture Park at ART OMI in Ghent, N.Y., and Art in General and White Columns in New York City.

This spring she exhibited at Conduit Gallery in Dallas and most recently at John Davis Gallery in Hudson, N.Y. She has been the recipient of an Artist's Fellowship Grant from New York Foundation for the Arts, an Individual Artist's Grant from the New York State Council on the Arts, and several art residencies at the Yaddo artists colony in Saratoga, N.Y.

For more information, including projects, drawings, and images of her work, see her Web page at

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