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Feb. 29, 2008

World-renowned photographer with UI ties will be on 'Know the Score' March 7

David Plowden, a world-renowned photographer who taught at the University of Iowa in the 1980s, will be the featured guest on the radio program "Know the Score LIVE!" 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 7. The program will be broadcast from the University of Iowa Museum of Art's Lasansky Gallery and the Nancy and Craig Willis Atrium. The event is free and open to the public.

The program, part of the monthly arts and humanities series hosted by Joan Kjaer, can be heard at that time on radio station KSUI, 91.7 FM (101.7 FM in Dubuque) and KHKE, 89.5 FM in Cedar Falls/Waterloo. It will be rebroadcast 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 8, on the Iowa Public Radio classical network, including KSUI and KHKE as well as WOI, FM 90.1 in Ames/Des Moines.

Plowden taught in the UI School of Journalism 1985-88. A book of his photographs of Midwestern scenes, "Vanishing Point," was recently published in honor of the photographer's 75th birthday. The volume, which was released in a deluxe edition of 99 signed copies in addition to the standard edition, has received wide praise.

Photographer Richard Snow wrote for the foreword, "What he has done is nothing less than capture a nation passing through 50 years of changes as momentous as those unleashed by the industrial revolution a century earlier."

And historian David McCullogh commented, "No one has photographed America as has David Plowden. . . . He is one of the great artists of our time."

Marvin Bell, emeritus faculty member of the Writers' Workshop and former Iowa Poet Laureate, will open the program reading from his latest book of poetry, "Mars Being Red." He will also join in the conversation with Plowden.

Other guests on the program will include Holly Moore, president of First Fridays Art Walk in Fairfield, and Dania DeBertoli, a Fairfield jewelry designer. They will discuss the Midwest Art Business Institute workshop that will be held April 11-13 in Fairfield.

And finally, William Intriligator, music director of the Dubuque Symphony, will talk about "Classical Madness," the orchestra's season-long poll of their ticket buyers' favorite works, which will culminate in a performance by the orchestra of the public's "Final Four" next September. In addition, members of the orchestra will be on hand to play chamber music.

The University of Iowa Alumni Association is the corporate sponsor of "Know the Score LIVE!" broadcasts. Refreshments are provided by the Prairie Table.

The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, is open noon to 9 p.m. Fridays. Admission is free to the museum and to the "Know the Score LIVE!" broadcast. Public metered parking is available in UI parking lots west and north of the museum.

Information on KSUI broadcasts is available at For more information in the UI Museum of Art, visit

More information on Arts Walk and the Midwest Art Business Institute workshop is available at

Read about the Dubuque Symphony and Classical Madness at

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

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