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University of Iowa News Release

March 1, 2004

Photo: The newly-renovated Museum Store at the UI Museum of Art; click on photo for high resolution image

Renovations At UI Museum Of Art Provide Multiple Benefits

Recent renovations at the University of Iowa Museum of Art (UIMA) have given the museum a large new gallery, and they provide other benefits as well. The UIMA has added more works to its display of art from the museum's permanent collection, and it has a new venue for the Museum Store.

The museum's expanded displays from its own collection, which opened Feb. 8, include European and American paintings and Art of Ancient Americas. Approximately 185 works from the museum's collection of paintings and sculptures are now included in these larger, ongoing displays of the permanent collection.

In other words, not only are there now more permanent collection works on display, these works no longer need to be taken down to make room for traveling exhibitions. Traveling exhibitions are now displayed in the museum's 6,000-square-foot new special exhibition gallery.

"Finally having a large, purpose-built gallery for temporary exhibitions will allow us to bring major shows to the UI and Iowa City. In addition, now that we are able to leave selections from our permanent collection up year-round we can put more care into their display," said Howard Collinson, director of the UIMA.

"Because it can stay up on a permanent basis, the museum's permanent collection can now be a more reliable resource for teaching at all levels. Combined with a new, more attractive event space, this makes the UIMA a significant museum," Collinson continued. "Our building is now as good as our collection."

Artists represented in the museum's newly installed display of European and American paintings include Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Marc Chagall, Jackson Pollock and Joan Miro, among others.

Works of sculpture in terracotta as well as gold, jade and textile materials are featured in the display of the Art of Ancient Americas. Dramatic sculptures depict warriors from ancient West Mexico, Maya leaders in full regalia and vividly realistic dogs, birds and other animals.

After moving to a newly renovated area at the UIMA, the Museum Store now also has more space to display its merchandise for all ages, including games, books and fine jewelry.

In addition, an expanded ceramics display will be added to the UIMA early this summer.

The renovation of the UIMA has also included the construction of two new galleries, a special exhibition gallery and the Hoover-Paul Gallery.

The 6,000-square-foot special exhibition gallery, which is currently featuring the exhibition "American Tableaux: Selections from the Collection of Walker Art Center," will be used for changing exhibitions at the UIMA.

"American Tableaux" features works by 55 20th-century American artists and is on display at the UIMA through April 25. Sixty-two paintings, sculptures, installations, prints and photographs comprise the exhibition, which is on loan from the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. Artists represented include Edward Hopper, Georgia O'Keefe, David Hockney, George Segal, Edward Ruscha and Kara Walker.

In addition, the new 1,000-square-foot Hoover-Paul Gallery, named for donors H.D. and Myrene Hoover and Douglas and Linda Paul, will feature a series of exhibitions drawn from the museum's collection of more than 5,000 works on paper as well as special loan exhibitions. The Hoover-Paul Gallery is set to open in June.

When the seven-month renovation project is complete, the UIMA will have increased its gallery space by 30 percent to a total of 29,000 square feet. The renovation also includes new areas for public events, educational programming and the care and study of the museum's collections, for a total space in the museum as a whole of 75,000 square feet.

In addition to the donors previously listed, major contributors to the renovation include Nancy and Craig Willis, 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.

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