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Sept. 26, 2011

Colorful video art chosen for entrance to newly renovated Carver-Hawkeye Arena

A work of video art combining film footage of University of Iowa student athletes and abstract, vibrantly colored animated images will greet visitors to the newly renovated Carver-Hawkeye Arena, the home of UI athletics teams. The video art is the work of a New York City artist whose work is also represented in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

The video art, titled "Going the Distance," was created by Susan Kaprov and chosen for Carver-Hawkeye Arena by the UI Art on Campus Committee as part of the Art in State Buildings Program. That program, approved by the Iowa General Assembly, requires spending one half of 1 percent of the total cost of state building projects for fine art to be displayed in those buildings.

"Going the Distance" is a 10-minute video that will run continuously on a bank of video monitors more than 13 feet wide and 7 feet tall in the entrance to the Dale and Marilyn Howard Family Pavilion, a four-story, 75,000-square-foot Carver-Hawkeye Arena addition that features a new strength and conditioning center, two practice courts for women's and men's basketball and volleyball, locker rooms and modern office space for coaches and staff.

The complete Carver-Hawkeye Arena Addition and Renovation Project also includes renovations to create premium-seating opportunities, hospitality facilities and updated office and meeting spaces.

Kaprov described the creation of "Going the Distance" as "an adventure in seeing the world of sports as an almost choreographic experience."

"By interweaving my own creative animation with live-action Hawkeye footage, I attempt to reveal the underlying kinetic beauty, precision and drama unique to each sport as it moves in time," she said. "It was a fascinating challenge to capture, frame by frame, the gravity-defying motion of these skilled and graceful young athletes, and then to transform these movements into a compelling visual narrative. As an artist, my ultimate goal is to create a colorful, dynamic work of art that leaves viewers with a lasting and resonating visual experience for all to enjoy." 

The committee that selected Kaprov's work felt she accomplished all of that, said Sean O'Harrow, committee chair and executive director of the UI Museum of Art.

"After a long selection process and discussions with people who will use the new Carver-Hawkeye wing, Susan's work was chosen because it was considered fresh and colorful, incorporating the latest video technology, and would be accessible to a large audience," O'Harrow said. "Everyone hopes that this unique view of our student athletes demonstrates the beauty of their art as well as that of the artist Susan Kaprov."

Kaprov has lived and worked in Brooklyn, N.Y., since the mid-1980s. She holds a bachelor's degree from City University of New York and did post-graduate study in studio art at Dartmouth College and New York University (NYU). She has completed major public art projects for the Harvard University Medical School, New York Law School, NYU, NASA and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, among others. Her artwork is represented in the permanent collections of museums worldwide, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum Boijmans-van Beuningen in Rotterdam, the Yale University Art Gallery and the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Kaprov is currently on the faculty of the School of Continuing and Professional Studies at NYU.


STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Jane Meyer, UI Athletics, 319-335-8874,; Sean O'Harrow, UI Museum of Art, 319-335-1727,; Stephen Pradarelli, 319-384-0007, ,