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Nov. 20, 2008

Open house at Studio Arts Building will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5

The University of Iowa School of Art and Art History will open its doors for a flood-recovery open house from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, at the temporary Studio Arts Building, the old Menard's store at 1375 Highway 1 West, the intersection of Highway 1 and Sunset Street in Iowa City.

The event, sponsored by the School of Art and Art History and co-sponsored by the UI Museum of Art, will be free and open to the public.

The open house will celebrate the work and dedication of students, faculty and staff who pulled together after last summer's flood to ensure that the nationally ranked program continues to thrive as a vital center of creative activity and scholarship. The open house will feature exhibitions of student work, demonstrations of art processes, posters by art education and art history students, a T-shirt sale to raise scholarship funds, and the sale of books from the UI Museum of Art shop. Refreshments will be provided.

Displacement by the worst flood in living memory has not dampened the creative spirit at the School of Art and Art History.

"The event will acknowledge the challenges we've faced at the same time it demonstrates our commitment to the continued production and study of art" said Dorothy Johnson, director of the school and Roy J. Carver Professor of Art History.

"The conversion of the former Menard's building into an integrated studio arts facility is a testament to the ingenuity, flexibility and hard work of countless people at the UI and in the community. Students have responded to the changed circumstances by making artwork about the flood and the temporary space. Large-scale sculpture, inspired by recycled cardboard boxes, will be installed in the building's atrium, as will four large paintings reflecting on the flood's impact," Johnson said.

"We invite the community to join us and celebrate the enduring spirit of art and to use this opportunity to talk to students about their productions," said Isabel Barbuzza, associate professor of sculpture and open house coordinator.

For more information or photographs contact Isabel Barbuzza, 319-594-3336,

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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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