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University of Iowa News Release

March 19, 2004

UI Museum Of Art Hosts 14th Annual 'WOW! Family Day' April 4

The 14th annual "WOW! Family Day," a fun-filled afternoon of art, activities and refreshments for the entire family, will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 4 at the University of Iowa Museum of Art (UIMA). The event is free and open to the public.

Family Day is the culmination of the UI Museum of Art's "Widen Our World" (WOW!) program that invites third-grade students from Iowa City and surrounding areas to take a tour of the UIMA and explore works of art at the museum with their class.

Event activities for Family Day are scheduled throughout the afternoon and feature a 1 p.m. performance by the Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre. There will be a scavenger hunt in the museum at 2 p.m., and a hands-on mask-making activity running from noon to 3 p.m. Prizes for the scavenger hunt and the mask making will be awarded at 3 p.m.

In keeping with the theme of the exhibition now on display at the UIMA, "American Tableaux: Selections from the Collection of Walker Art Center," two early 20th-century Charlie Chaplin films from the Walker Art Center's Edmond R. Ruben Film Study Collection -- "A Woman" and "Easy Street" -- will be shown at 3 p.m.

Refreshments will be served throughout the afternoon.

The WOW! program is intended to introduce students to art and art museums as a life-long resource for learning and enjoyment. By exposing children to art from many different cultures, the UIMA hopes to deepen children's appreciation of their own multi-cultural heritage.

WOW! is a collaboration between the UIMA and the Iowa City Community School District, with sponsorship by US Bank.

For further information concerning WOW! Family Day, contact the UIMA at 319-335-1727.

"American Tableaux" is on display at the UIMA through April 25. The exhibition includes 62 20th-century American paintings, sculptures, installations, prints and photographs.

"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.Writer: Krystle Johnson