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University of Iowa News Release

Aug. 25, 2006

UI Museum Of Art Begins New Family Art Activities Saturday, Sept. 9

The University of Iowa Museum Art (UIMA) will introduce a new activity for adults and children, "View & DO: Family Art Activities," to be held Saturday afternoons. The first session will be held 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9.

"View & DO" offers each participating child aged 7 to 10 and an accompanying adult visitor the opportunity to explore historical and design concepts through tours of the museum's galleries, followed by a related activity.

The activities will be led by Molly Vadnais, a UI graduate student in art education who has taught at Schaller-Crestland High School in rural Iowa.

For the first lesson Sept. 9, participants will view portraits in the UIMA collection and will also examine the impact of light and shadow by touring the exhibition "Light: Source and Subject in Photography." Combining the portrait as subject with photography and drawing media, adults and children will create self-portraits that will incorporate concepts explored during the tour.

The next "View & DO!" activity, focusing on the relationship of art and consumer culture, will be held at the UIMA 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4. Dates in the second semester are Saturdays, Jan. 6 and March 3, 2007.

Pre-registration is required for each "View & DO" session, at a cost of $10 for each team of one child and one adult. For registration information, please call 319-335-3232.

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 www.uiowa.edu/uima on the World Wide Web. Information on other UI arts events is available at www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Peter Alexander, 319-384-0072, peter-alexander@uiowa.edu.

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