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University of Iowa News Release

March 14, 2003

Photo: A.M. Wettach
Gothic-style dairy barn, ca. 1935
Silver gelatin print from a 5" x 7" negative

Art Museum Offers Tour Of 'Celebrating the Farm' March 30

An overview of "Celebrating the Farm: The Art of Living on the Land," three simultaneous exhibitions currently on display at the University of Iowa Museum of Art, will be presented in a public tour at 2 p.m., Sunday, March 30.

The tour will examine the works of Marvin Cone in "Rural Visions: Paintings by Marvin Cone"; Pete Wettach in "Farm Life in Iowa: Photographs by A.M. Wettach"; and Grant Wood, Thomas Hart Benton, John Stuart Curry and other regional artists in "Remembering the Family Farm, 150 Years of American Prints."

"Remembering the Family Farm, 150 Year of American Prints" features 66 prints by 50 artists that span the years 1853 to 1993. The pieces commemorate farms of past rural and agricultural life by portraying the progress and decline of family-owned farms in the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic and New England regions of the United States.

The exhibition "Farm Life in Iowa: Photographs by A.M. Wettach" features 30 photographs taken by Wettach from his base in Mount Pleasant, Ia. The photographs capture the lives of Iowa farmers during the tumultuous years from the 1930s through the '50s, including the Great Depression and World War II.

After being displayed at the UI Museum of Art, the photographs will travel to art museums and galleries across Iowa including Brunnier Art Museum at Iowa State University and the Waterloo Center for the Arts.

"Rural Visions: Paintings by Marvin Cone" will present 26 paintings by the Cedar Rapids native. Cone's work highlights the colorful backdrop of the eastern Iowa landscape during the 1930s and '40s.

"Celebrating the Farm: The Art of Living on the Land" will be on display at the UI Museum of Art until May 4.

"Remembering the Family Farm" is organized and circulated by the Spencer Museum of Art, the University of Kansas, Lawrence. Curator is Stephen Goddard, SMA senior curator of prints and drawings. The exhibition and catalogue are possible with the support of Stephen Schmidt, KU class of '58.

Iowa Farmer Today and the Gazette will provide media sponsorship for "Remembering the Family Farm."

The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, is open noon to 10 p.m. Sundays. Admission is free. Public metered parking is available in UI parking lots west and north of the museum.

For more information on 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. To receive UI arts news by e-mail, contact <ur-acr@uiowa.edu>.

The School of Art and Art History is part of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Peter Alexander, 319-384-0072, peter-alexander@uiowa.edu.Writer: Dana Kavan.