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March 12, 2007

Visiting Artist Alicia Henry Will Discuss Her Work March 22

Alicia Henry, a visiting artist in the painting and drawing area of the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History, will present a public lecture on her work at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 22, in Room 116 of Art Building West on the UI campus.

Her lecture will be free and open too the public.

Henry, an assistant professor of art at Fisk University in Nashville, Tenn., will be on the UI campus March 22-24. During that time she will hold individual critiques and participating in a forum with UI graduate students.

Henry's work is created with mixed media on fabric. She creates installations consisting of groups -- "communities," says the artist -- of masks and figures made from paper and other materials, cut out into various shapes and layered together. Combining the engaging simplicity of folk art and the psychological presence of African ritual sculpture, these characters explore, in the artist's words, "traditions of play, death, and mourning in different cultures."

In 2001, Henry received a Guggenheim Fellowship, which she used to travel in Africa. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at The School of Art Institute of Chicago and her Master of Fine Arts degree at Yale University. Her artist residency at New York City's Art in General resulted in a solo exhibition entitled, "Family Portrait," in 2000. Recent solo shows include, "Four Corners," at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Cheekwood Museum of Art's Temporary Contemporary. She has also participated in group shows at Zeitgeist Gallery in Nashville.

The School of Art and Art History is part of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. You may visit the UI School of Art and Art History web site at http://www.uiowa.edu/~art/.

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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; cell: 319-541-2846; peter-alexander@uiowa.edu.