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University of Iowa News Release

March 25, 2005

UI Museum Of Art's 'Art After Hours' Program Hosts Event April 8

Art After Hours, a program of the University of Iowa Museum of Art (UIMA), will host an evening of art, refreshments and activities from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 8 in the museum's Nancy and Craig Willis Atrium.

Participants will have a chance to view artwork at the UIMA, including the upcoming exhibition "Acting Out: Invented Melodrama in Contemporary Photography."

"Acting Out" focuses on the enduring presence of melodrama in fine art photography. In the exhibition, 32 photographs by 14 artists make use of the long-standing language of melodrama inspired by literature, theatre, cinema, television, advertising, film stills, photojournalism and historic photography.

Artists represented in "Acting Out" include Gregory Crewdson, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Cindy Sherman and Jeff Wall.

Refreshments featured at the Art After Hours event will include appetizers and desserts provided by The Cottage and coffee provided by Terrapin Coffee Brewery. A cash bar will also be in operation.

Persons who plan on attending the event are asked to RSVP by calling 319-335-3676, or by emailing uima-artafterhours@uiowa.edu.

The Art After Hours program was organized in 2002 to introduce art and art museums to adults under 40, and to further their knowledge of and interest in a variety of art forms. New participants are welcome and encouraged. For more information regarding the Art After Hours program, call 319-335-1727.

Admission to the UIMA is free. Admission to the April 8 Art After Hours event -- $7 for museum members and $10 for non-members -- will be collected at the door.

The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, is open noon to 9 p.m. Fridays. Public metered parking is available in UI parking lots west and north of the museum. "Acting Out" will be on view in the museum's North Gallery April 7-June 5.

For more information on the UI Museum of Art visit http://www.uiowa.edu/uima on the World Wide Web. For information on UI arts events, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa on the World Wide Web. 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