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(NOTE TO EDITORS: The artist described in this news release, Beauvais Lyons, works in the field of archeological fiction, creating supposed artifacts from imaginary cultures. As an extension of his artistic work, he impersonates an archeologist, Heinrich Dreckmueller. In the spirit of Peter Schickele/P.D.Q. Bach, he prefers to have appearances in his guise as Dreckmueller listed as real events. However, if you prefer to have this aspect of his work made explicit in your coverage of his visit, we suggest that you begin the second paragraph as follows:

Lyons, who creates archaeological fiction as an extension of his artistic work, will present a performance as his alter ego, "noted archaeologist Heinrich Dreckmueller," during his visit to the UI campus.

Continue the second paragraph as written, "Dreckmueller, who discovered . . .")

NOTE TO BROADCASTERS: Beauvais Lyons is pronounced boe-VAY lions

Artist Beauvais Lyons will be a visiting artist in printmaking at UI April 13-18

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Artist Beauvais Lyons, the Ellen McClung Berry Professor of Art and director of the Hokes Archive at the University of Tennessee--Knoxville, will be a visiting artist in printmaking at the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History April 13-18.

Lyons' visit coincides with that of Heinrich Dreckmueller, noted archaeologist and contributor to the Hokes Archive. Dreckmueller, who discovered many artifacts from the Arenot people represented in the Hokes Archive, will present a public slide lecture, "The Art and Scholarship of Everitt Ormsby Hokes" at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 13 in Room E109 of the Art Building on the UI campus.

His lecture will familiarize the audience with the holdings and mission of the archive and trace its history from its founding to the present. Dreckmueller will bring a selection of materials from the archive to display and discuss following the presentation.

Lyons will present a public slide lecture, "The Politics of Parody," at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 15 in Room E109 of the UI Art Building.

The focus of Lyons' visit to the printmaking area will be on his involvement with the print medium of lithography. Assisted by printmaking Sudan's, the artist will develop and print an edition of color lithographs during morning and afternoon working sessions each day of his visit.

Lyons is an avid scholar of ancient cultures. He uses materials from the Hokes archive as sources of inspiration for his art, and he has made contributions to both contemporary printmaking and to current archaeological discourse. He is a frequent panelist at national symposia and his work is included in the collections of the National Museum of American Art and the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.; the Amon Carter Museum, Ft. Worth, Texas; and the Grunwald Center for Graphic Arts, Los Angeles, among other museums around the country.

4/8/98