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Release: April 5, 2002

UI Museum of Art holds annual Print Fair April 20

The University of Iowa Museum of Art will hold its annual Print Fair from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 20 in the museum. Admission to the Print Fair is free.

Eight art dealers from across the United States and Canada will have prints and drawings on sale at the fair. Works on sale will come from a range of periods and styles and from artists including Goya, Delacroix, Matisse, Piranesi, Kuniyoshi, Thomas Hart Benton, Grant Wood, Kiki Smith and Jasper Johns.

Prices range upward from $100.

A dealer and two print workshops will appear at the Print Fair for the first time this year. Annex Galleries from Santa Rosa, Calif., carries an inventory of large color woodcuts from the 1950s and works by West Coast artists. They also represent several artists from the Iowa Print Group, which included artists who studied under UI emeritus faculty member Mauricio Lasansky.

From St. Louis, Island Press, George Washington University’s collaborative print workshop, and Wildwood Press will be bringing large complex prints for which they are known, by artists including Roy Lichtenstein, Sam Gilliam and Jaune Quick-to-See-Smith.

Returning dealers at the fair will be Aaron Galleries of Chicago; Jan Johnson Old Master and Modern Prints of Montreal, Canada; Gallery Karl Oscar of Kansas City; Platt Fine Art of Chicago; Susan Teller Gallery of New York City; and Charles Young Fine Prints and Drawings of Glastonbury, Conn.

The annual Print Fair was organized by the museum’s curator of prints, drawings, photographs and new media, Kathleen A. Edwards. She commented, “Anyone interested in art should visit our fair. It’s an opportunity both for serious and budding collectors to look and buy original works of art in a relaxed setting.”

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 UI has a distinguished history in printmaking. U.S. News and World Report recently ranked the printmaking department of the UI School of Art and Art History number one in the country.

The Print Fair is sponsored by Hudson River Gallery and Frame Co., and Salon, Contemporary Furniture and Art. Media support is provided by the Iowa City Press-Citizen.

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

For more information in the UI Museum of Art visit http://www.uiowa.edu/uima.edu on the World Wide Web. Information on other UI arts events is available at http://www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa.