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Release: March 28, 2003

Museum of Art Offers Tour Of 'Remembering the Family Farm' April 13

A free public tour highlighting the exhibition "Remembering the Family Farm: 150 Years of American Prints" will be offered at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 13 in the University of Iowa Museum of Art.

"Remembering the Family Farm" is one of three exhibitions that together comprise "Celebrating the Farm: The Art of Living on the Land," on view at the UI Museum of Art through May 4.

"Remembering the Family Farm, 150 Years 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.

Artists in the exhibition include Grant Wood, Thomas Hart Benton, Adolph Dehn, Childe Hassam and Martin Lewis. These artists depict a fading rural existence through images of technical innovations, dilapidated buildings, intruding industry and natural disasters.

"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 provided media sponsorship for "Remembering the Family Farm."

The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, is open noon to 5 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>.

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