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Release: Dec. 1, 2000

Printmaker Keith Achepohl is appointed Elizabeth M. Stanley Professor

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Keith Achepohl, professor in charge of printmaking in the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History and director of the UI Summer in Venice Program, has been appointed to the Elizabeth M. Stanley Professorship in the Arts.

College of Liberal Arts Dean Linda Maxson commented: "I am delighted that Professor Achepohl's distinguished career as artist and scholar is being honored with the Elizabeth M. Stanley Professorship.

"His work has brought enormous recognition to the arts at Iowa -- through exhibitions of his work nationally and internationally, through the inclusion of his watercolors and prints in prestigious public collections, and through the large numbers of his students who are today practicing artists, teachers, and museum professionals. It is more than fitting that we should recognize him as among our very finest faculty members."

Achepohl is the first person to be appointed to the endowed professorship, which was created recently from an original $1 million pledge to the University of Iowa Foundation for the UI College of Liberal Arts. The pledge was established in 1987 by E& M Charities, a charitable support organization created by the late Elizabeth M. Stanley and C. Maxwell Stanley of Muscatine. The pledge was completed in 1996 and the fund has grown to more than $2.4 million.

The Stanley fund was used to create the Elizabeth M. Stanley Professorship in African Art and the Elizabeth M. Stanley Professorship in the Arts, each of which is permanently endowed at the level of $500,000. The remaining funds have been used to create the Elizabeth M. Stanley Performing Arts Endowment, directed to the UI’s new Division of Performing Arts

Achepohl has been on the UI faculty since 1973. A graduate of the master of fine arts program in the School of Art and Art History, he taught at Hope College in Holland, Mich., and Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Wash., where he was honored as Outstanding Professor of the Year in 1972. He has been a visiting artist at universities and art institutions across the United States and around the world, including the University of Southern California, Kansas State University, Louisiana State University, the International School for Graphic Art in Venice, Italy, and the University of Osnabruck, Germany.

His works have been shown in juried and invitational exhibitions at the Library of Congress, the Art Institute of Chicago, the National Museum of American Art in Washington, D.C., in countless national travelling exhibitions, and in museums and galleries around the world. He has had one-man shows around the globe, and his works are in the collections of more than 80 museums, from Cairo, Egypt to Alaska, and from Des Moines to Japan, as well as United States embassies in Panama, Peru, Haiti, El Salvador and Columbia. Achepohl has received honorary doctorates from Pacific Lutheran College and Knox College in Galesburg, Ill.