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March 20, 2009

Note: Tuesday, March 31 lecture time corrected to 7 p.m.

UI guest artists Muir and McElhinney present simultaneous lectures March 31

Two guests of the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History will present lectures at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 31. James McElhinney, a visiting artist in painting and drawing, will speak in Room 2217 of the UI Seamans Center, and Thomas Muir, a visiting artist in jewelry and metal arts, will speak in the Graduate Metalsmithing Studio, Room 1435 of the Studio Arts Building, 1375 Highway 1 West.

Muir will also present a free public workshop, "Fitting and soldering pieces with compound cures," at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 1, in the Metalsmithing Studio.

An internationally known metalsmith, Muir is a distinguished professor of the arts at Bowling Green State University. He has worked in gold and silver for more than 20 years and is one of the foremost artists working in hollowware.

Muir's pieces have been purchased by the Art Institute of Chicago, the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian. In 1993, his work was chosen for the White House collection of crafts holiday exhibit, which was seen by one and a half million people. He has also received eight best-of-show honors.

The lecture will cover 25 years of Muir's distinguished and diverse hollowware career. He will explore the inspirations, humor, concepts and unique syntheses of his work.

McElhinney, the recipient of prizes and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and other institutions, has exhibited nationally since the 1980s in more than 40 solo exhibitions in the United States and one in Ireland. He is developing an entirely new body of work related to his dystopic 1990s paintings of Civil War battlefields. He is a visiting associate professor of drawing at Pratt Institute.

McElhinney conducts interviews for the Archives of American Art of the Smithsonian Institution and podcast interviews for Newington Cropsey Foundation. He is a frequent contributor to American Arts Quarterly and wrote the lead essay and edited a major new book on academic drawing, "Classical Drawing: A Living Tradition," due out in March 2010.

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