Oct. 12, 2006
Kurt Vonnegut Prints Will Be On Display At Schaeffer Library Dedication
Building tours at the dedication of the Glenn Schaeffer Library and Archives addition to the Dey House, home of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will offer the public its first opportunity to view selections from a portfolio of silkscreen prints of drawings by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. that were given to the workshop by alumna Loree Rackstraw.
The addition will be dedicated in a free, public event at 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20. The Dey House is located at 507 N. Clinton St., just south of the UI president's residence.
Rackstraw, now a professor emerita in the Department of English Language and Literature at the University of Northern Iowa, was one of Vonnegut's students when he taught at the Writers' Workshop in the late 1960s. They became friends, and Vonnegut gave her a set of magic-marker drawings, which are now preserved in Special Collections at the UI Library.
When those drawings began fading, Vonnegut suggested that his printmaker, Joe Petro III, bring them back to life. Petro created silkscreens that recaptured the original colors, and 20 copies were made.
The portfolio of marker-drawing prints, which Vonnegut titled "Enchanted IOUs" -- "marker" being slang for a promissory note -- includes eight signed prints, with a signed introduction by Ralph Steadman, the prominent artist whose drawings have appeared frequently in The New Yorker and in illustrations of the writings of Hunter S. Thompson.
The Writers' Workshop is a graduate program in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
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