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UI Museum of Art will show works by Professor Emeritus Byron Burford June 13-Aug. 2

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Museum of Art will exhibit more than 40 works by UI Professor Emeritus Byron Burford from June 13 to Aug. 2 in the North and East Galleries of the museum. The exhibition will be open to the public free of charge.

The centerpiece of the exhibition will be the artist's recent gift to the museum of five large paintings, which brings his representation in the museum's permanent collection to 10 paintings and seven prints, a body of work that forms an important study resource for Burford's art. In addition to these and other paintings from the permanent collection, the exhibition will contain a group of paper collages whose imagery is drawn from photographs of World War I.

The works in the exhibition represent various stages of Burford's career as an artist, and include many paintings using imagery and symbolism from the circus. Having spent several years as a drummer in a circus band, Burford creates richly and knowingly detailed depictions of the colorful world of the Big Top.

Steven Prokopoff, director of the Museum of Art, commented: "The circus paintings are vibrant, full of odd combinations and strange images that portray the circus as a world apart, yet parallel to our own."

Burford began his teaching career in the School of Art and Art History at the UI in 1947 and retired as head of painting in 1985. Burford still lives in the Iowa City area, and he continues to work out of a home studio. He assisted Prokopoff and Pamela Trimpe, assistant director of the museum and curator of painting and sculpture, in the selection of works for the exhibition.

Burford said, "As I look back on what I've done, I can see that formally the work has slightly changed, but for the most part the content has remained the same. It's like when you watch your kids grow up, you don't really notice that their form has changed, because in terms of content they're still basically the same."

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 two UI parking lots on Riverside Drive, one across from the museum and the other directly north of the museum.

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