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Oct. 20, 2005

Photo: No. 2 Fish, Red Fish, Blue fish ~ 2005

UI Alumna Alison Wins Silver Prize In International Craft Competition

Metalsmith and University of Iowa alumna Alison Brunson received the Silver Prize in the Metalworks Catergory of the Fourth Cheongju International Craft Competition, a biennial competition held in Cheongju City, Korea.

The competition is open to artists working in metal, fiber, clay, glass, wood and mixed media. More than 1,000 pieces were entered from around the globe, of which 242 were accepted from 42 countries. The awards were juried by an international panel of artists and curators.

"Alison Brunson is an outstanding artist," Chunghi Choo, F. Wendell Miller Distinguished Professor of Art, said. "Her works are very original, conceptually and technically refined. She is hard worker and deserves this international recognition."

The exhibition associated with the competition opened Sept. 30 and runs through Oct. 23. Bunson's winning piece is a hand wrought and fabricated silver and resin teapot titled "No. 2 Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish," which she started as a UI student.

This teapot incorporates elements from her childhood that have significance to her personally and that she hopes will be evocative for others as well. A pencil juts forth at an imposing angle, and is bisected by a colorful fish that jumps out to form the handle.

Brunson received a master of fine arts degree in metalsmithing and jewelry from the UI School of Art and Art History in 2004. Late last year, her silver "Antidepressant Pill Box" was acquired by the National Ornamental Metal Museum in Memphis, Tenn., for their permanent collection.

Her sculptural rings have also been published in the major book "1000 Rings," edited by Marthe Levan, which includes pieces by artist from around the world.

The School of Art and Art History is part of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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