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Release: March 28, 2003

UI Museum of Art Will Host Annual Print Fair, Lecture April 12

The University of Iowa Museum of Art will hold its annual Print Fair, featuring fine art prints on sale from major dealers, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 12 at the museum. The event is free to the public.

In conjunction with the Print Fair, Stephen Goddard will give a gallery tour of the exhibition "Remembering the Family Farm: 150 Years of American Prints," at 2 p.m.

Five dealers from across the United States will have prints and drawings on sale at the Print Fair. The works on sale will come from various periods and styles, with works by Gaugin, Picasso, Grant Wood, Roger Medearis, Kiki Smith and other well-known artists.

The art dealers offering prints for sale will be Aaron Galleries and Platt Fine Art from Chicago, Gallery Karl Oscar from Kansas City, Charles Young Fine Prints and Drawings from Connecticut and Wildwood Press from St. Louis. Prices will range from $100 to several thousand.

"Our fair is an enjoyable occasion to look at and purchase original art in a relaxed setting," says Kathleen A. Edwards, organizer of the print fair and UI Museum of Art curator of prints, drawings, photographs and new media.

Fine-art printmaking began in 15th-century Europe with the invention of engraving and movable type, and now utilizes many different techniques including woodcut, lithography, screen-printing and etching.

The UI has a distinguished history in printmaking. U.S. News and World Report recently ranked the printmaking department of the UI School of Art and Art History number one the country.

Goddard, the curator of "Remembering the Family Farm," is senior curator of prints and drawings at the Spencer Museum of Art and a professor at the Kress Foundation department of art history at the University of Kansas. Goddard received his doctorate from the UI in 1983. In 2001 he received an Excellence in Teaching Award from the K.U. Center for Teaching Excellence.

"Remembering the Family Farm" is one of the three exhibitions on display during "Celebrating the Farm: The Art of Living on the Land." The exhibition will be on view at the UI Museum of Art through May 4.

"Remembering the Family Farm" features 66 prints by 50 artists, spanning 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.

"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.

The Print Fair is sponsored by Hudson River Framing and Salon, Contemporary Furniture and Art. Media support is provided by the Iowa City Press-Citizen. Advertising support was provided by Art on Paper.

The International Fine Print Dealers Association will sponsor Goddard's gallery tour.

The University of Iowa Museum of Art is located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City. Museum hours are noon-5 p.m. Saturdays. 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.

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.

PHOTOS are available at http://www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa/photos.html.