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Release: March 1, 2002

WOW! Family Day will be March 10 at the UI Museum of Art

The 12th-annual WOW! Family Day, a fun-filled afternoon of art, music and hands-on activities for the entire family, will be held from noon-5 p.m. Sunday, March 10, at the University of Iowa Museum of Art. Designed for participants of all ages, the event will be free and open to the public.

Family Day is the culmination of the museum's Widen Our World (WOW!) program, which brings third-grade students from Iowa City and the surrounding area into the museum. This year, more than 1,200 students from 23 schools visited the UI Museum of Art through the WOW! program.

This year's program focuses on the museum's permanent collection, emphasizing 15 works of art chosen by teachers from the Iowa City Community School District, including works from African, Native American, European and Pre-Columbian collections. Also featured in the program is "William Wegman: Fashion Photographs," an exhibition currently on display featuring photographs of Weimaraner dogs modeling designer fashions

WOW! Family Day events scheduled throughout the afternoon at the UI Museum of Art are: a roaming magician from 1-4 p.m.; musical improvisation to art at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. by the jazz group OddBar Trio, with guitarist Steve Grismore, trumpet player Brent Sandy and drummer Jim Drier; and demonstrations of dog obedience, presented between 1 and 4 p.m. by Misha Goodman from the Iowa City Animal Care and Adoption Center.

Staff from the Iowa Children's Museum will be in the Member's Lounge to help children create puppy puppets and dog masks throughout the day. Refreshments and self-guided tours will be available throughout the afternoon.

All families attending WOW! Family Day will receive post cards featuring artwork from the permanent collection as a guide for a museum treasure hunt.

The WOW! program is intended to introduce students to art and art museums as a life-long resource for learning and enjoyment. By exposing children to art from many cultures, the museum hopes to deepen the children's appreciation of their own multi-cultural heritage.

In preparation for the museum visit, teachers and students view and discuss slides of 15 selected works from the museum's permanent collection. Once at the museum the children are able to view the works of art and take part in discussions.

"The WOW! program is a good experience for the third-graders," Becky Kobos, the Iowa City Schools Visual Art Coordinator, said. "It is empowering for them to be able to recognize and talk about art work and the place of art in the world. It helps them to value the arts."

WOW! is a collaboration between the Museum of Art and the Iowa City Community School District, with sponsorship from Firstar Bank, Iowa City. Participating students come from the Iowa City Community School District, Regina Elementary and Willowwind School in Iowa City, Lakeview Elementary in Solon, Johnson School of the Arts in Cedar Rapids, Herbert Hoover Elementary in West Branch, Clear Creek Elementary in Oxford and Amana Elementary in Middle Amana.

For further information concerning WOW! Family Day, call Brenda Lyle, education secretary at the UI Museum of Art, at (319) 335-1724.

The University of Iowa 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.