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April 28, 2009

Guitarist Tim Lowly and vocalist/pianist Matthew Ganong perform April 30

"An Examined Life: A Concert" will feature original songs by Tim Lowly on guitar and vocals with pianist Matthew Ganong at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 30, in Trinity Episcopal Church, 320 E. College St. in Iowa City.

The concert, with a concurrent installation of visual art by Tim Lowly, will be free and open to the public. It is presented in conjunction with "The Examined Life: Writing and the Art of Medicine," a conference being presented from April 29 through May 1 by the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine (for more information). The concert is co-sponsored by the jazz area of the UI School of Music.

Lowly, who calls himself an "unapologetic Christian with a social conscience," is director of exhibitions of Carlson Tower Gallery at North Park University in Chicago. Born in the United States, he grew up in Korea where his parents were Presbyterian missionaries. He attended Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich., and returned to Korea after graduation.

In Korea he met artist Lim Ock Sang and was moved by the compassion he saw in Ock Sang's work. Once enraged by social injustice, Lowly learned the futility of this attitude from Ock Sang. Belligerent art, he now says, "makes me feel guilty, but does not make me love people." Today he calls his work "poetic and meditative."

Alan Artner wrote in the Chicago Tribune "Lowly is a spiritual painter . . . [whose work] seeks to engage viewers on a profound, timeless plane that is attainable by only those artists who have grappled with some of the key questions of existence." Photos of his visual art can be found at

The UI School of Music is a unit of the Division of Performing Arts of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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