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Release: April 21, 2000

UI Museum of Art's annual Print Fair will be May 3

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- "Whatever Catches Your Eye," the University of Iowa Museum of Art's annual print fair, will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 3 in the museum.

The fair will open with a panel discussion on the respective roles of "The Artist, the Dealer, and the Collector," from 11 a.m. to noon. The panel participants include eight art dealers and moderator Keith Achepohl, head of the printmaking area at the UI School of Art and Art History.

Both the panel discussion and the fair will be open to the public free of charge.

At the fair, eight art dealers from across the United States and Canada will have on sale prints and drawings representing a range of styles, including American Regionalist prints by Thomas Hart Benton and Grant Wood; Japanese Ukiyo-e by Kuniyoshi; European prints by Goya, Matisse, Tiepolo and other artists; contemporary American prints by Christo and Kiki Smith; and mid-20th-century American prints and drawings by Rockwell Kent and Martin Lewis.

Prices will cover a broad range, beginning as low as $100.

"We're looking forward this year to some extraordinary prints and drawings," says Kathleen Edwards, curator of prints, drawings and photographs at the museum. "If you're a budding or seasoned collector, or just interested in art, the Print Fair offers a large and wide range of appealing subjects."

Works in the print sale are all original works of art created by the artists. Fine-art printmaking began in 15th-century Europe with the invention of engraving and movable type, and now utilizes many different techniques including woodcut, lithography, screen printing and etching.

The Print Fair is organized by The Print and Drawing Study Club of the UI Museum of Art. It is supported by Domby Women's Fashion, Footwear and Accessories; Hudson River Framing; and Expressions Custom Furniture. Media support was provided by the Iowa City Press-Citizen.

The UI Museum of Art is located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City. Public metered parking is available in UI parking lots across from the museum on Riverside Drive and just north of the museum.