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University of Iowa News Release

Jan. 16 2004

Renovation Of UI Museum Of Art Nears Completion

The University of Iowa Museum of Art (UIMA) is growing. The museum will soon have more than 8,000 square feet of new and renovated gallery space, representing a 30 percent increase, as well as new areas for educational programming and other events, and for the care and study of its collections.

The museum has been undergoing renovation for seven months. Opening Feb 8, the new space will include a 6,000-square-foot gallery where the exhibition "American Tableaux: Selections from the Collection of Walker Art Center" will be shown through April 25.

This large gallery will be the primary space for changing exhibitions at the UIMA. This will allow the museum to make use of other galleries for the presentation of its permanent collection in standing displays, including expanded displays of European and American paintings, ceramics and Pre-Columbian and African art.

The renovation also includes the Nancy and Craig Willis Atrium, named for the donors whose gift made its renovation possible. The atrium will provide a new venue for public programs at the museum, including the monthly "Know the Score" radio broadcast produced by UI public radio KSUI, FM 91.7. Plans are currently being developed to use the space as a venue for regularly scheduled jazz concerts.

The renovation includes a new study room for works on paper and new storage, which will allow the Museum's current study room to be converted to public space. Later in the spring the UIMA will open the Hoover-Paul Gallery, named for donors H.D. and Myrene Hoover and Douglas and Linda Paul. The Hoover-Paul Gallery will feature a series of exhibitions drawn from the museum's collection of over 5,000 works on paper as well as special loan exhibitions.

Major contributors to the renovation also include the Alice Davis Fund, Robert E. and Karlen Sutton Fellows in Memory of Frank J. Sutton, James Lechay and Mary Keough Lyman.

"American Tableaux" was organized by Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. It is made possible by generous support from the Dain Rauscher Foundation and Marshall Field's Project Imagine.

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 9 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

PHOTOS are available at http://www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa/photos.html.