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The exhibition 'Colorprint USA 1998' will open at the UI Museum of Art Nov. 7

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- "Colorprint USA 1998," an exhibition of works by 50 printmakers, one each from the 50 states, will be on view at the University of Iowa Museum of Art from Saturday, Nov. 7 through Sunday, Jan. 31 in the Focus I and II Galleries.

An opening reception for "Colorprint USA" as well as "Faculty Exhibition '98," which opens simultaneously, will be 7:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7 in the museum.

Mark Pascale, assistant curator of prints and drawings at the Art Institute of Chicago, will give a walking tour of the exhibition at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15, followed by a 3 p.m. slide lecture entitled "The Museum and the Print World: The Function of the Contemporary Art Curator in the Museum." Pascale will also give a talk, "Can Printmaking Survive Academia?" at 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16 in Room E109 of the UI Art Building.

UI Art and Art History faculty member Keith Achepohl, the Iowa artist represented in the exhibition, will give a gallery tour at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2 as part of the museum's weekly Perspectives series.

"Colorprint USA" is a periodic exhibition devoted to showing the work of artists engaged in exploring color processes in a wide variety of print media. Organized by Lynwood Kreneck, a printmaker teaching at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, these exhibitions have sought to present the work of first-rate artists who may not be familiar to museum goers.

The exhibition will open simultaneously at all 50 states. The exhibition was conceived by Kreneck as a spin-off of the popular printmaking exchange portfolios. The exhibition features outstanding examples of lithography, woodcut, etching, screenprint and other printmaking techniques by some of America's finest print artists.

Kreneck said, "Having conceived the idea to open 50 print shows on the same weekend, I just couldn't give up on the project. It was an itch that had to be scratched."

Pascale, author of the exhibition's catalogue, said, "'Colorprint USA' offers opportunities for all those who have the pleasure of seeing it to rejoice in the works of these established and newer print artists."

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.

M.C. Ginsberg Objects of Art, Inc. of Iowa City is the corporate sponsor for the 1998-99 Perspectives series at the UI Museum of Art, through the University of Iowa Foundation.

For information on the UI Museum of Art, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/~artmus on the World Wide Web. Information is available on other UI arts events at http://www.uiowa.edu/~uiowacr.

10/23/98