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April 2, 2004

UI Museum Of Art Honors Keith Achepohl April 16

The University of Iowa Museum of Art will present a lecture and reception in honor of Keith Achepohl, University of Iowa Elizabeth M. Stanley Professor of the Arts, at 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 16.

Achepohl will retire from the UI School of Art and Art History in May after teaching printmaking for 30 years. He will return to his work as a full-time artist.

The lecture and reception are free and open to the public.

"Achepohl is one of America's and the UI's most renowned teachers of printmaking, and he has been a supporter of the museum's collections for many years," said Howard Collinson, director of the Museum of Art. "We're proud to honor Achepohl for his outstanding work at the UI as he starts down a new path as a full-time artist."

The lecture honoring Achepohl, "Print Matters," will be given at 5:30 p.m. by Mark Pascale, associate curator in the department of prints and drawings at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Pascale will present slides and refer to issues related to fine prints and contemporary society. Once a printmaker himself, Pascale will also offer insight into the questions surrounding the viability of artists' prints.

A reception will follow the lecture with special remarks by Antonio Damasio, M.W. Van Allen Professor and head of the Department of Neurology at the UI. Hors d'oeuvres will be provided by Atlas World Grill, and a cash bar will also be available.

Achepohl is head of the printmaking studio area and director of the summer drawing and printmaking program in Venice, Italy.

He has received numerous awards and grants including a Fulbright Lectureship, honorary doctorates from Pacific Lutheran University and Knox College, and a National Endowment for the Arts grant. His artwork has been exhibited extensively internationally and can be found in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Library of Congress, the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art, among many others.

An exhibition of Achepohl's recent work is currently on view at the Grinnell College Bucksbaum Center for the Arts through April 18.

The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, is open noon to 9 p.m. Fridays. Admission is free.

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: Krystle Johnson

NOTE TO BROADCASTERS: Achepohl is pronounced "AH-k'-pole"