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Release: May 28, 1999
Work by Iowa City's Marjorie Hayek will be on view
at the UI Museum of Art
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The exhibition "Marjorie Hayek: Images
of Iowa's Rural Heritage" will be on view at the University of Iowa Museum
of Art from Saturday, June 12 to Sunday, Aug. 8 in the Members' Lounge.
This exhibition of pencil drawings contains Hayek's realistic
depictions of some of Iowa's most extraordinary barns. Hayek is perhaps most
famous for her images of rare examples of rural construction found around
the Iowa City countryside.
Hayek became interested in art at a very early age and
received prizes for her artwork at the 1924 Iowa State Fair when she was only
15 years old. Persuaded by her talent, her father signed her up for art lessons.
After moving to Des Moines, she studied with Charles Cumming, the founder
of Cornell College's art department who later was chair of the School of Art
and Art History at the UI.
In 1935 Hayek moved to Washington D. C. to work at the
Veterans Administration. While there, she studied art at the Corcoran Gallery
While she has never tried to sell her work, she has enjoyed
a full career as an artist. Her work has appeared numerous times in Northwestern
Bell Appointment calendars. She has received numerous awards and has held
solo exhibitions and participated in competitive exhibitions all over the
Midwest and in New York. A book about her work, "Marjorie Hayek: Artistic
Chronicler of Iowa's Rural Heritage," is being released concurrently with
the exhibition and will be available for purchase at the museum.
Hayek said, "I have lived with old things, spent my life
drawing buildings that are in a progressive state of decay and tried through
my art to share with others the visual beauty and sense of importance that
these objects possess."
Pamela Trimpe, curator of paintings and sculpture at the
UI Museum of Art, wrote in her preface to Hayek's book, "Hayek's work is inspired
by the barns and antiques that define our Iowa character. It is precise, quiet
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 just north of
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