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University of Iowa News Release

Jan. 26, 2004

UI Arts Share Program Sponsored Workshops In Adair

The University of Iowa Arts Share program sent visual artist Ken Walker and musician Evan Mazunik to the Adair-Casey Community Schools in Adair to conduct a workshop on Wednesday, Jan. 21. The daylong workshop concluded with a concert for the students.

Mazunik, currently completing a master's degree in jazz studies at the UI, founded Gamut, Iowa City's premier Soundpainting ensemble, of which he continues to be the artistic director/conductor. A system for directing group improvisation, Soundpainting was developed by Walter Thompson.

A member of the Walter Thompson Orchestra since 2002, Mazunik has also performed with prominent jazz artists including Carla Bley and Steve Swallow, and his music for the documentary "The Checker King" aired on HBO2 in 2003.

Walker studies in the UI's graduate program in printmaking and the certificate program in the Center for the Book. He received a bachelor's degree in printmaking from University of Oregon. His awards include the Phillip K. Johnson Printmaking Scholarship and Talent Grant. He has participated in nationally juried shows including the Hollywood International Juried Print Exhibition in 2000.

The UI Arts Share program -- a unit in the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences -- provides artistic resources from the Iowa Center for the Arts to schools and community organizations. The 2004 Arts Share roster includes more than 75 faculty and graduate students in music, theater, dance, the visual arts and creative writing.

For more information about the Arts Share program, call director Leslie Finer at 319-335-1618 or send an e-mail to leslie-finer@uiowa.edu. A free Arts Share program guide, including an artist roster, is available at the Arts Share office, 113 Halsey Hall, the University of Iowa, 52242.

For UI arts information and calendar updates, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa. To receive UI arts news by e-mail, 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: Winston Barclay, 319-384-0073, winston-barclay@uiowa.edu