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Release: March 22, 2002

UI CAMPUS NOTES -- IOWA CENTER FOR THE ARTS

'THAW' PREVIEW AT MUSEUM OF ART APRIL 4 -- A preview of Thaw, an international festival of video, film and digital media, will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 4 in the University of Iowa Museum of Art.

Admission to the museum and to the Thaw preview will be free.

The evening will feature the unveiling of this year's Thaw festival digital entries, which will be on display in the Museum Classroom through April 13. Screenings of film and video work from local artists will be on view.

Thaw was conceived in 1996 to promote emerging, independent productions that challenge the conventional language of their media through innovation in both form and content. The festival accepts film, video, digital and sound pieces from student, professional and non-professional artists.

Thaw submissions will be judged by a panel of jurors April 10-13. This year's judges are Stephanie Gray, an experimental media artist living in Buffalo, N.Y.; Greta Snider, a teacher in the Graduate Cinema Program at San Francisco State; and Ximena Cuevas, who is currently working on a video project about Mexican and American dreams.

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

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CENTER FOR NEW MUSIC AT MUSEUM OF ART APRIL 5 -- The University of Iowa Center for New Music will present "Music of Our Time II" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 5 at the UI Museum of Art.

The performance is part of the weekly "Breath of Art" series at the museum. Admission is free to the museum and to all "Breath of Art" performances.

A flexible organization devoted to the presentation of the music of the past 100 years, the Center for New Music is directed by David Gompper, a faculty member in the theory and composition area of the UI School of Music. Part of the UI Division of Performing Arts, the center supports its own performing ensemble, including both faculty and students of the School of Music, and presents concerts of recent music by guest artists.

The April 5 program features four works: "Hommage a W.A." by Gompper, performed by the composer; "Extensions" for clarinet and tape by Jerome Summers; Sonata for solo cello by George Crumb; and "Hard Weather Makes Good Wood" for string quartet and tape by John Morrison.

The "Breath of Art" series is coordinated by the UI Arts Share program. Events on the series will 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 >