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Oct. 3, 2003

Artist-In-Residence Christopher Cozier Presents Public Events Oct. 8-16

Christopher Cozier, an artist-in-residence at the University of Iowa Museum of Art (UIMA), will present two sound and video installations to the public at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, in the UIMA. A multi-media artist of Afro-Caribbean descent, Cozier is in residence at the UIMA through Oct. 17.

The two works to be shown on Oct. 17 are "Blue Soap" and "Sound System," which Cozier will finish during an open studio presentation at the UIMA Oct. 11. The presentation, which is free and open to the public, will be the only opportunity to experience the completed works.

"Blue Soap" is a four screen video installation depicting the cultural shifts occurring in Trinidad, and featuring a soundtrack with Cozier talking about his mixed Creole origins. "Sound System" features Cozier narrating pieces of text that have been included in his paintings over the years, organized into a rhythmic pattern based on calypso musical styles.

The presentation of Oct. 17 is one of several free public events Cozier has participated in during his UI residency. In addition to public events, he has visited university classes and met with UI art students.

Born in Trinidad in 1959, Cozier studied at the J.S. Donaldson Technical Institute in Trinidad. After completing his National Certificate there, he earned his bachelor's degree in painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. Cozier studied for a while in Italy, and then returned to the United States to earn a master's degree at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.

Cozier's residency is sponsored by Iowa State Bank and Trust Company, and is presented in collaboration with the UI Caribbean, Diaspora and Atlantic Studies Program.

The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, is open noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, and noon to 10 p.m. Thursday and Friday. 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.