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Release: April 23, 1999

Exhibition of MFA graduates' work will be at the UI Museum of Art

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- "MFA 1998-1999," an exhibition of works by recipients of the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree from the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History, will be on view from Friday, May 7 through Sunday, June 20, in the UI Museum of Art Focus I and II galleries.

A reception to celebrate the opening of the exhibition and honor the student artists will be held 3 to 4:30 p.m. Friday, May 7, in the museum's sculpture court. Both the exhibition and the reception are open to the public free of charge.

The exhibition of MFA students' work is an annual event at the UI Museum of Art and consists of thesis works by students who have completed the MFA degree in one of the studio areas of the School of Art and Art History during the previous year.

Museum of Art Director Stephen Prokopoff commented: "It is a pleasure to show new work by the MFA candidates. One is often happily surprised and pleased. The Museum of Art is proud to house their exhibition."

This year's exhibition will include work by 35 student artists representing the School of Art and Art History's studio areas of ceramics, design, metalsmithing and jewelry, intermedia and video art, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture.

The works in the exhibition are chosen by the students in conjunction with their theses chairmen.

Dorothy Johnson, director of the UI School of Art and Art History, commented on the yearly MFA exhibition: "This show is exceptionally rich and diverse. It is particularly exciting to see the realization of artistic education and the development of individual concepts and ideas in the works shown by the graduates who stand at a significant threshold in their professional careers. The School of Art and Art History is very proud of the accomplishments of these fine young 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 the UI parking lots on Riverside Drive, one across from the museum and the other just north of the museum.

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