The University of Iowa
The University of Iowa News Services Home News Releases UI in the News Subscribe to UI News Contact Us

University of Iowa News Release

Oct. 2, 2003

MEDIA ADVISORY: Artist To Present Piece To UI College Of Dentistry

Joseph Nicolosi, D.D.S., a 1989 University of Iowa College of Dentistry graduate turned model, writer and visual artist, will present a painting to the college at an alumni banquet Oct. 3.

At a Chicago event last week, Nicolosi presented Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack with a similar piece depicting the state's past and present capitol buildings.

Nicolosi launched a successful second career after practicing dentistry in Rockford, Ill., becoming a romance novel cover model and recently writing and illustrating his own novel. He also markets products ranging from fragrances to pasta sauces under his "Duke of Sicily" brand.

As an artist, Nicolosi creates "pop art" images, including pieces for Madonna, Oprah Winfrey, Shakira, "Golden Girls" actress Rue McClanahan and the rock band Cheap Trick. He currently is working on a piece depicting stars of the HBO series "Sex and the City," which tentatively will appear in the show's final episode.

Nicolosi's Iowa ties extend back generations —- his great grandfather, Joseph Furino, was said to be the first Italian immigrant to settle in Cedar Falls. His colorful depictions of the Iowa capitols are part of a series titled, "A Tale of Two Cities in a Field of Dreams."

Nicolosi can be reached for interviews through Dominic Albanese, Gotham Public Relations, at 646-486-3976.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5141 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

CONTACTS: Media: Lin Larson, 319-335-9569, lin-larson@uiowa.edu; Program: Penni Ryan, 319-335-7145