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Release: Oct. 6, 1999

Magazine lists Hancher among top 10 university arts presenters

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- International Arts Manager magazine, a globally-distributed periodical published in England, has listed the University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium in its list of "Top 10 U.S. University Presenters."

The September 1999 feature headlined "Crucial Campuses" identified "a handful of university presenters with enormous cultural and financial clout."

The article quotes Susan Farr, executive director of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, who explains that this tight-knit community of American university presenters "has accepted a high level of responsibility" for the arts in America: "It sees itself as having a role in the preservation of culture and promotion of new work -- that is why it has been so important."

The article notes that Hancher has particularly developed a "strong reputation for contemporary dance" during more than a quarter-century of programming.

Big 10 university presenters account for four of the International Arts Manager ‘s top 10, with the University of Illinois, the University of Michigan and Ohio State University joining the UI on the list.

Other university presenters in the top 10 are Arizona State, the University of Arizona, the University of California at Berkeley, UCLA, the University of Kansas and the University of Texas at Austin.

For more information about Hancher's current Millennium Festival, the nation's most ambitious and extensive performing-arts millennium celebration, visit the Hancher site on the World Wide Web: <http://www.uiowa.edu/~hancher>.