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Sept. 21, 2007

Oct. 1 UI School of Art and Art History lecture explores kiln building

The Ceramics Area of the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History will present "Kiln Building with Dan and Dean," a lecture by UI alumni Dean Adams and J. Daniel Murphy, at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1, in Room 240 of Art Building West.

Adams and Murphy are visiting artists in ceramics. Their lecture will be free and open to the public.

The lecture is presented in conjunction with a weeklong workshop on kiln building, which Adams and Murphy will teach from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Ceramics Studio of the old Art Building on Riverside Drive. The workshop is open for public observation at any time.

Adams and Murphy will also present a demonstration clay work from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Oct. 3, in the Ceramics Studio. For more information on this event, contact Alisa Holen, visiting faculty member in ceramics, at 319-335-0287 or

Adams maintains a studio practice in Bozeman, Mont. He is also an adjunct faculty member at Montana State University in Bozeman. His architectonic sculptures are informed by churches, mountains and prehistoric Japanese sculpture, and they are designed and constructed with the wood kiln in mind. He has been firing and building wood-fired kilns for more than 16 years. He has participated in artist residencies at the Archie Bray Foundation, Banff Centre for the Arts, and Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts.

Murphy is assistant professor and ceramics area coordinator at Utah State University in Logan, Utah. He was master of ceremonies at the International Wood Fire Conference in Flagstaff, Ariz. in 2006 and received the Clay National Award at the 2005 annual conference of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts. More information on Murphy is available at A gallery of his works can be seen at

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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, Arts Center Relations, 319-384-0072; cell: 319-541-2846;