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Sept. 1, 2006

UI Museum Of Art Celebrates New Ceramics Gallery Sept. 15

The University of Iowa Museum of Art (UIMA) will hold a public celebration of its new Ceramics Gallery 7-9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15, in the museum. The new gallery will feature its first installation, "Pots and Vessels," chosen by curator and ceramist Gerald Eskin, as well as "Chuck Hindes: Iowa Journey," a survey of works by the UI emeritus professor.

As part of the celebration, the UIMA will present the Richard S. Levitt Lecture on Contemporary Craft, "Warren MacKenzie in Conversation with Randy Johnston," at 7:30 p.m.

Designed as a teaching facility, the new Ceramics Gallery will be able to present exhibitions and installations drawing on the museum's cross-cultural collection of more than 2,000 ceramic objects. For "Pots and Vessels," Eskin has chosen to focus on handmade functional ware as well as vessel forms that reference the functional pot.

The exhibition features more than 300 objects from the museum's collection, among them more than 50 recently-acquired pieces from artists including Peter Voulkos, Jun Kaneko, Don Reitz and Toshiko Takaezu.

Hindes taught in the UI School of Art and Art History from 1973 until his retirement in July. "Iowa Journey" will present a small selection of his works created with traditional woodfire techniques.

Information on Hindes can be found at and at A widely known ceramist, Hindes has work shown at numerous sites on the Web, including

The Richard S. Levitt Lecture will represent the continuation of a dialogue that has been going on between MacKenzie and Johnston for several decades. The two artists began a relationship as teacher and student, and today they are widely respected colleagues in the ceramic arts. MacKenzie is professor emeritus in the School of Art and the University of Minnesota and Johnston currently teaches at the University of Wisconsin in River Falls.

The new Ceramics Gallery was made possible with support from members of the UIMA, with special assistance from Linda and Douglas Paul, James P. Hayes, Joyce and W. Richard Summerwill, Karlen and Robert Fellows, LaDonna and Gary Wicklund, William Nowysz and Gerald Eskin.

The Richard S. Levitt Lecture on Contemporary Craft was endowed at the UIMA by Madelyn Levitt of Des Moines in honor of her brother, Richard. The first lecture in the series was presented at the UIMA in 2002.

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.

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