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Work of metalsmith Kyung-Hee Hong will be shown at UI Museum of Art

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Museum of Art will exhibit works of metalsmith Kyung-Hee Hong from April 10 to May 17. An opening reception for the exhibition will be in the museum at 3:30 p.m., Friday, April 10.

Both the reception and the exhibition will be open to the public free of charge.

The works on view will include examples of Hong's metal sculptures as well as examples of her jewelry. Hong's sculptures exhibit her career-long fascination with natural forms, as well as her use of materials not traditionally associated with metal sculpture, including Plexiglas and mirrors. The exhibition will contain primarily recent works, which represent Hong's current interest in larger sculpture with contrasting shapes, colors and textures.

Robert Rorex, professor in the UI School of Art and Art History, commented: "These new works undeniably stand on their own, but they acquire a greater complexity of interest when seen in the perspective of the earlier phases of Ms. Hong's ongoing creative career."

Hong, an associate professor at Hong-Ik University in Seoul, South Korea, is currently a visiting scholar and artist-in-residence at the UI. Her work has been widely praised and honored with awards in her native country. This is her first solo exhibition in the United States.

Funding for the exhibition comes primarily from the UI Center for Asian and Pacific Studies.

The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Public metered parking is available in UI parking lots across from the museum on Riverside Drive, and adjacent to the UI Alumni Center, which is just north of the museum.

4/3/98