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Release: Aug. 30, 2002
SCULPTOR MICHAEL AURBACH WILL LECTURE ON HIS WORK SEPT. 17
Aurbach, a sculptor and installation artist and professor of sculpture at
Vanderbilt University, will present a lecture on his work at 8 p.m. Tuesday,
Sept. 17 in Room E109 of the University of Iowa Art Building.
Aurbach, who is president of the board of directors of the College Art Association,
will also present a seminar for student in the UI School of Art and Art History
on Finding A College Teaching Job. This three-hour seminar and
power-point presentation will begin at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 18 in Room E109 of
the Art Building.
Aurbachs socially inspired works have been exhibited at universities,
museums, and galleries throughout the United States. For nearly two decades
his work has addressed issues related to death, identity and the plight of
socially disenfranchised groups. His recent work is about secrecy and institutional
He has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards. The National Endowment
for the Arts, the Southern Arts Federation, the Tennessee Arts Commission,
Art Matters Inc., the Puffin Foundation Ltd., and Vanderbilt University are
among the institutions and foundations that have provided support for his
work. In 1995 Aurbach was honored with the Southeastern College Art Conference
Award for Outstanding Artistic Achievement.
Since 1986 there have been more than 55 solo exhibitions of his work. The
Bernice Steinbaum Gallery in New York, the Indianapolis Art Center, the Artemisia
Gallery in Chicago, the University of Notre Dame, and the University of Kansas
are among the institutions that have hosted one-person shows. In 2001 Aurbach
was honored with the inaugural exhibition of contemporary art at the Frist
Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville, Tennessee. He has lectured at more
than 160 colleges, museums, and art institutions.
Through the College Art Association, Aurbach has been actively involved with
the development of professional guidelines and standards for artists, art
historians and museum professionals. Since 1997 he has coordinated their annual
conference mentoring program known as the Career Development Workshop.
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