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Release: March 15, 2002

UI CAMPUS NOTES -- IOWA CENTER FOR THE ARTS

CHARLES SPURRIER WILL TALK ABOUT HIS PAINTINGS MARCH 28 -- Charles Spurrier, a painter whose exhibition venues include Feigen Contemporary in New York and the Christopher Grimes Gallery in Santa Monica, Calif., will visit the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History March 28-31.

Spurrier will present a public lecture on the evolution of his work at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 28 in Room E109 at the UI Art Building. He will also speak on "Painting Outside of Painting" in a graduate seminar during his visit, as well as give individual critiques to painting graduate students.

Spurrier is known for his exploration of materials and process and his investigation of contemporary issues of identity, the body and pop culture. His work can be linked to art movements including minimalism, post-minimalism and process art through its strong relationship between concept and craftsmanship.

In one of Spurrier's recent shows at Feigen Contemporary he combines plastic beads and reproductions of estate jewelry in the exploration of genuine versus imitation and references to tastefulness.

"His work has particular relevance to younger artists interested in the relationship of art and popular culture," comments Sue Hettmansperger, UI art and art history faculty member.

Spurrier has recently had solo exhibitions at Feigen Contemporary, New York, and Christopher Grimes Gallery, Santa Monica, Calif. His works were also included in the recent exhibitions "Maximal Minimal" at Feigen Contemporary in New York and "Painting Today -- Overseas and Here" at the Renate Schroder Gallery in Cologne, Germany. Spurrier has received numerous grants and awards including the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant in 1989.

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DANCERS IN COMPANY FEATURED ON 'BREATH OF ART' MARCH 29 -- Dancers in Company, the touring repertory ensemble of the University of Iowa dance department, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 29 at the University of Iowa Museum of Art as part of the weekly "Breath of Art" series. Admission is free to the museum and to all "Breath of Art" performances.

The museum performance will include pieces from the 2002 Dancers in Company repertory that features pieces by New York choreographer Nicholas Lechter, UI dance department chair
David Berkey, faculty members Charlotte Adams, Basil Thompson and Armando Duarte, and student Dawn Poirer.

Dancers in Company is made up of 12 undergraduate and graduate students from the UI dance department and is co-directed by faculty members Jeffery Bullock and Charlotte Adams.

The company tours throughout Iowa performing live concerts and lecture demonstrations for audiences of all ages. A variance of dance styles are presented by the company, including contemporary dance, jazz dance and classical ballet. Dancers in Company has developed a tradition of exuberant dancing and is known for its unique rapport with audiences.

The "Breath of Art" series is coordinated by the UI Arts Share program. Events on the series include musical and dance performances, short plays and literary readings.

The UI Arts Share program provides artistic resources from the Iowa Center for the Arts to schools and community organizations. Arts Share is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. For more information, call director Diane Kenney Handler at (319) 335-1618 or send an e-mail to <d-kenney-handler@uiowa.edu>.

M.C. Ginsberg Objects of Art, Inc. of Iowa City is the corporate sponsor for public events at the UI Museum of Art during the 2001-02 season, through the University of Iowa Foundation.

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

For information on the UI Museum of Art, visit < http://www.uiowa.edu/uima > on the World Wide Web. Information is available on other UI arts events at
< http://www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa >. To receive UI arts news by e-mail, contact < deborah-thumma@uiowa.edu >.

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TOUR OF ART EXHIBITION APRIL 4 -- Kathleen A. Edwards, curator of prints, drawings, photographs and new media at the University of Iowa Museum of Art, will lead a gallery tour of the museum's current exhibition "Jose Guadalupe Posada: My Mexico" at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 4. Admission to the museum and to gallery tour will be free.

The exhibition, on display at the museum March 16 through July 21, features prints from renowned Mexican artist Jose Guadalupe Posada.

Posada's etchings and engravings illustrate life during the decades before and during the early years of the Mexican Revolution. Political events, crimes, disasters, miracles and popular culture are described in Posada's prints through combinations of images and texts, including satirical skeletons and popular ballads.

"Jose Guadalupe Posada: My Mexico" is organized by the University of Hawaii Art Gallery. It is supported in part by a grant from the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Charlot Foundation, the UH Women's Campus Club, the UH Student Activity and Program Fee Board and the Watmull Grant for Museum Studies in the Arts.

M.C. Ginsberg Objects of Art, Inc. of Iowa City is the corporate sponsor for public events at the UI Museum of Art during the 2001-02 season, through the University of Iowa Foundation.

The University of Iowa Museum of Art is located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City.

Museum hours are Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday noon-5 p.m. and Thursday and Friday noon-10 p.m. 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.