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Kathleen A. Edwards is new curator at the UI Museum of Art

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Museum of Art has appointed Kathleen A. Edwards as its curator of prints, drawings, and photographs.

Edwards has been executive director of the Print Center in Philadelphia, a non-profit institution supporting printmaking and photography, where she organized more than 50 exhibitions. Among these were exhibitions featuring the work of emerging artists including Laura Letinsky, Ernestine Ruben, Adele Henderson, Kara Walker, Dean Teraski, Isaiah Zagar and Lois Johnson.

Under Edward's direction, the Print Center initiated "Crossing Over/Changing Places," an exhibition sponsored by the United States Information Agency. The exhibition, featuring the work of Print Center residential artists Art Spiegelman and Robert Cumming, traveled throughout Eastern Europe and ended at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C. During its tour Edwards served as a delegate for the USIA in Sofia, Bulgaria.

In her position as the UI Museum of Art's curator of prints, drawings, and photographs, Edwards will be responsible for more than 5,200 art works in the museum's permanent collection. She will focus on presenting exhibitions from the collection, its new acquisitions and donations, and developing the collection into a significant teaching tool.

Museum of Art Director Stephen Prokopoff commented, "I am delighted that Kathleen has joined us at the museum. I am sure that she will make a wonderful contribution to the museum and to art in Iowa City."

Edwards said, "I am thrilled to be part of the vital growing arts community in and around Iowa City. I am impressed with the extensive collection at the museum of art, which we hope to expand and make more accessible." She also said she hopes to initiate future projects in collaboration with other UI departments, artists from outside of Iowa, and other museums.

Edwards has been an invited critic and lecturer at the Maryland Institute College of Art, a reviewer at Houston's Fotofest and Philadelphia's Society for the Photographic Education Annual Conference, and has instructed Business Practices in the Arts at the Visual Arts Management Certificate Program at Rosemont College.

She has lectured at the Foreign Art Museum in Riga, Latvia, the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., and the Southern Graphics Council Conference in Kansas City. She has served on awards panels for the New Jersey State Council for the Arts, the Philadelphia Cultural Fund and the Center for the Arts in Southern New Jersey, among others.

Edwards earned a master's degree in art education at the Philadelphia College of Art, where she was the 1985 recipient of the Faculty Award for Excellence in Art Education. She received her bachelor's degree. in art history and studio art from Westhampton College at the University of Richmond, Va.

7/24/98