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Nov. 11, 2008

Installation artist Ann Marie Kennedy will present UICB Mitchell Lecture Nov. 13

Installation artist Ann Marie Kennedy, a University of Iowa alumna, will present the UI Center for the Book Mitchell Lecture in the Art of the Book at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, in Shambaugh Auditorium of the UI Main Library.

Kennedy's slide lecture, "Paper and Light: Material Investigation," will be free and open to the public. Kennedy will discuss her recent work in papermaking and installation, and show images by other artists whose work involves the interaction of paper and light.

Kennedy, who works with handmade paper to create both wall-sized works of art and large-scale sculptural environments, received her Master of Fine Arts degree in Intermedia/Video Art and Sculpture from the UI School of Art and Art History.

She was a resident artist at California's Headlands Center for the Arts in 2001 and at North Carolina's Penland School of Crafts from 2001-2004. She received a 2004-2005 Visual Artists' Fellowship from the North Carolina Arts Council.

Her recent exhibitions include "Memory House," an installation at the Gregg Museum of Art and Design at North Carolina State University; and "Forms of Shelter" at Artspace in Raleigh, N.C. Her work is in public and private collections including Virginia Commonwealth University, Bucknell University, Syracuse University, Yale University and the UI Libraries Special Collections.

The Mitchell Lecture, named after one of the earliest donors to the UI Center for the Book, is an annual event that brings leading artists and craftspeople to discuss the book as an expressive form. Previous speakers include Chip Kidd, Johanna Drucker, and David Godine. It is complemented by the UICB's Brownell Lecture, dedicated to the role of books in history and culture.

The Center for the Book is an innovative, interdisciplinary arts and research unit of the UI Graduate College.

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

MADIA CONTACTS: Kim Marra,; Allison Thomas, UI Press,; Winston Barclay, Arts Center Relations,