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University of Iowa News Release

Oct. 8, 2004

'Iowa Goes To The Art Museum' Oct. 24

Fifteen Museums across Iowa will present "Iowa Goes to the Art Museum," a statewide celebration of the community of art museums in Iowa Sunday, Oct. 24.

"October is 'Museum Month' in Iowa, and art museums are proud to play their part in defining the culture and values of the state," said Howard Collinson, director of the University of Iowa Museum of Art, who was involved in the organization of the celebration. "From Davenport to Sioux City, from Okoboji to Muscatine, Iowa features art institutions which have been created by their communities as beacons of civic pride.

"On Oct. 24 the 15 museums will present special events and exhibits to celebrate the day and hope that Iowans in each community will be more aware of the richness of Iowa's cultural community."

"Iowa Goes to the Art Museum" is presented as part of the 2004-2005 Year of the Arts and Humanities sponsored by the UI.

The "Iowa Goes to the Art Museum" program was organized to increase awareness of Iowa's many art museums and the state's strong commitment to the arts. The event was also constructed as a way to continue to strengthen both this commitment and Iowans' support for the arts.

In addition, "Iowa Goes to the Art Museum" commemorates October as "Museum Month," as declared by Governor Tom Vilsack and the Iowa Museum Association. The directors of the 15 participating museums hope this day will lead to future collaborations and help to strengthen Iowa's museums.

"For a small state, Iowa has a surprisingly large network of art institutions," Collinson said. "One hope is that drawing attention to Iowa's strength in the area of arts and humanities may help instill a sense of pride in local communities and in the state."

"Iowa Goes to the Art Museum" events are scheduled at the following museums:

-- Blanden Art Museum, Fort Dodge;

-- Brunnier Art Museum, Ames;

-- Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Cedar Rapids;

-- Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines;

-- Dubuque Museum of Art, Dubuque;

-- Faulconer Gallery, Grinnell College, Grinnell;

-- Figge Art Museum, Davenport;

-- The James & Meryl Hearst Center for the Arts, Cedar Falls;

-- Lakes Art Center, Okoboji;

-- MacNider Art Museum, Mason City;

-- Muscatine Art Center, Muscatine;

-- Salisbury House, Des Moines;

-- Sioux City Art Center, Sioux City;

-- UI Museum of Art, Iowa City; and

-- Waterloo Center for the Arts, Waterloo.

UI President David Skorton's determination to increase public awareness and support of the rich tradition of arts and humanities on campus and throughout Iowa led him to declare academic year 2004-2005 the Year of Arts and Humanities, a time to celebrate that rich tradition and forge cultural linkages between the academic community and communities around the state. The Year of the Arts and Humanities is supported by the Office of the President, the Office of the Vice-president for Research and the Graduate College.

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.