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University of Iowa News Release

April 23, 2004

Annual MFA Exhibition Opens At UI Museum Of Art May 7

"MFA 2003-2004," an exhibition of works by recent recipients of the Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History, will be on display at the University of Iowa Museum of Art (UIMA) from Friday, May 7 through Sunday, May 30.

A reception to celebrate the opening of the exhibition and honor the MFA graduate artists will be held at the museum from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, May 7.

Both the exhibition and the reception are free and open to the public.

The MFA exhibition occurs annually to display the thesis works of all students who graduated in the past year from the UI School of Art and Art History MFA program.

This year's exhibition will include works by 23 graduate artists representing the School of Art and Art History's studio areas of ceramics, design, metalsmithing, intermedia, painting, photography and printmaking.

"Each piece in the exhibition is the product of long-term creative imagination, struggle and perseverance in which aesthetic vision is melded with technical accomplishment," said John Scott, interim director of the School of Art and Art History.

"Taken as a whole," Scott continued, "the body of work presented in the exhibition indicates the dynamic range of creative effort of the School of Art and Art History's most advanced studio students as they prepare to launch their professional careers."

The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, is open noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is free. For more information on the UI Museum of Art visit http://www.uiowa.edu/uima on the World Wide Web.

The School of Art and Art History is part of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. You may visit the UI School of Art and Art History web site at http://www.uiowa.edu/~art/.

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.

CONTACTS: Media: Peter Alexander, 319-384-0072, peter-alexander@uiowa.edu; Writer: Krystle Johnson