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April 19, 2011

School of Art and Art History ArtsFest combines culture and fun

The University of Iowa School of Art and Art History will open its doors to the public for its free ArtsFest from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 29, at the Studio Arts Building, 1375 Highway One West.

The annual springtime event features exhibitions of student artwork, demonstrations of art techniques and technologies, children's art activities, Pecha Kucha presentations and refreshments. The event represents an opportunity to celebrate the talent and creativity of UI art students and to learn more about UI visual arts academic programs.

Planned events include:

--An exhibition of student artwork from each of the school's 10 studio program areas.
--An art parade and other performance events.
--Six-minute, 20-second Pecha Kucha presentations by students in art history and community-based art courses.
--Ceramic demonstrations, including wheel-throwing and wood-firing.
--Metalsmithing demonstrations.
--Demonstrations of the school's high-tech digital fabrication equipment, including the CNC router, laser cutter and rapid-prototyping machines.
--Screenings of student videos and presentations of audio projects.

"The unique circumstances of the facility at Studio Arts make possible a display of contemporary student art on an unprecedented scale," said John Beldon Scott, director of the School of Art and Art History.

Since the flood of 2008, the studio art program has been temporarily housed off-campus, and ArtsFest was conceived as an opportunity to reach out to the campus and surrounding community, to celebrate how the programs bounced back from the flood. Since then, it has grown into a regional draw, attracting people from throughout eastern Iowa and many prospective students.

The event is co-sponsored by the School of Art and Art History -- part of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences -- and the UI Museum of Art.

For more information, contact the School of Art and Art History at 319-335-1771.

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