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Sept. 23, 2003

Artist Cozier To Speak At First International Mondays Sept. 29

Multimedia artist Christopher Cozier will kick off this year's International Mondays lecture series, speaking about "A Third World Artist meets Art World Realities," from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 29, in the University of Iowa's International Center Lounge. This lecture is free and open to the public, and a light lunch will be provided.

Cozier will be a visiting artist at the UI from Sept. 29 to Oct. 17. His work ranges from mixed media drawings and paintings to video and film, printmaking to installation and performance. Cozier's work is an imaginative interrogation of the status quo and challenges the notions of progress and development in former colonial nations. The diasporic nature of the cultural and social contexts in which people live and artists work is the prevailing theme in whatever media Cozier chooses to work.

Born in 1959, Cozier studied painting and graphic in Trinidad before completing his master's of fine arts degree at Rutgers University. Cozier also studied art criticism with Leon Golub, a distinguished figurative and political painter. After turning down a teaching position at the State University of New York in Stony Brook, Cozier returned to Trinidad, where he has been a practicing artist and art critic ever since.

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

For more information on this lecture or International Mondays, contact Buffy Quintero, International Programs outreach coordinator, at (319) 335-0345.

The International Mondays series is sponsored by UI International Programs and the Stanley-UI Foundation Support Organization and presents discussions with individuals who have had international experiences. The lectures are usually from noon to 1 p.m. every Monday in the International Center Lounge or other locations on campus throughout the academic year with the exception of holidays and breaks.

UI International Programs consists of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost for academic programs and dean of international programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and the community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACT(S): Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026, lois-gray@uiowa.edu. Program: Buffy Quintero, 319-335-0345. Writer: Kent Nguyen