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UI CAMPUS NOTES -- IOWA CENTER FOR THE ARTS

CERAMICS LECTURE AND WORKSHOP MARCH 5-6 -- Sculptor Doug Jeck will visit the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History March 5-6 to conduct a workshop and demonstrate ceramics sculpting techniques.

The ceramics workshop will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, March 6 in the Ceramics Studio, Room W168 of the Art Building

Jeck will present a public slide lecture of his work at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 5 in Room E109 of the Art Building.

Both the lecture and the workshop will be open to the public free of charge.

Jeck is known primarily for his figurative sculpture, in which he creates realistic representations of the human form in ceramics. He has previously taught sculpture at Alfred University in New York City and currently teaches at the University of Washington in Seattle.

In the lecture Jeck will show slide photographs of his own work and discuss his sculpting techniques and style. In the workshop, he will provide a physical demonstration of the creation of a ceramic sculpture.

Both the lecture and the workshop are sponsored by the UI department of art and art history and by the UI Ceramics Society.

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AFRICAN ART LECTURE MARCH 11 -- Christopher Roy, University of Iowa professor of art history, will discuss the representation of spiritual beliefs in African art in a slide lecture at 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 11 at the UI Museum of Art.

The lecture will be presented as part of the museum's "Perspectives" series and will be open to the public free of charge.

The lecture accompanies the museum's current exhibition, "Ancestors, Djinns and Orisha: Spirit Beings in Africa," which includes a wide range of African objects that are intended to portray or communicate with the spirit world. Both the exhibition and Roy's lecture are presented in conjunction with the museum's current exhibition "Victorian Fairy Painting," which focuses on the portrayal of fairies and spirits in 19th-century British art.

Roy said, "While the fairies exhibition shows the way that one particular culture represented spirits in art, this slide lecture will be about the ways in which Africans represent spiritual beings."

Roy's lecture will focus primarily on the depiction of spirits in the art of the Lobi and Bwa peoples of Burkina Faso, who portrayed spiritual beings in artistic figurines and masks that were used in performances. Roy will also describe the stories of encounters between the people's ancestors and the spirit beings that are depicted in the works.

Roy, who is adjunct curator of the museum's African collection, spent 20 years studying the art and culture of Burkina Faso. The slide photographs, as well as the subject of the lecture, all come from his personal experiences with African art and spirituality.

2/27/98