WRITER: TRISH LOGGINS
CONTACT: PETER ALEXANDER
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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
"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
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