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Nov. 27, 2007

Exhibition brings together local artists for Global AIDS day Dec. 1

"Artists Respond" to HIV/AIDS, an art exhibition to raise AIDS awareness, will bring local artists together on Dec. 1, Global AIDS Day. The exhibition will open at 5:30 p.m., with an open house reception until 8 p.m. at the Chait Galleries Downtown, 218 E. Washington St., in Iowa City.

Global AIDS Day commemorates the date when the HIV/AIDS virus was first discovered in 1981, and also recognizes those infected by HIV/AIDS and those committed to ending the pandemic.

The goal of the exhibition is to bring together a variety of pieces by local artists to raise AIDS awareness in the community. Local artists were asked to create a unique piece, in any medium, to illustrate their personal response to HIV/AIDS. A number of the artworks will be for sale. Desserts and hors d'oeuvres from One Twenty Six, Motley Cow Cafe, Red Avocado, Java House, New Pioneer Co-op and Yummy's Gourmet Cakes will be served.

Beaded AIDS Awareness pins serve as tickets to the event and can be purchased at the door. Admission pins may also be obtained before the event at Iowa Book, The Den, the UI Center for Human Rights office, Vortex and Z'Mariks Noodle Cafe. There is a suggested $5 donation. Proceeds will be donated to Face AIDS to help people with HIV/AIDS in Africa. Face AIDS is a student-driven, nonprofit organization that aims to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS as a global program.

For more information or special accommodations, contact Elizabeth Petersen at 319-530-3043 or

The event is sponsored by the James Gang, UI Global Health Club, Carver College of Medicine's Global Medicine Society, College of Public Health Student Association, UI Center for Human Rights, and the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

The James Gang is a Johnson Country nonprofit organization that aims to create a more dynamic community by helping creative individuals put their ideas into place. The James Gang has been the recipient of The Press-Citizen Person of the Year award. It has been responsible for such Iowa City projects as Free Wireless, the 10,000 Hours Show, the Coaster Project and Chalk the Walk. More information can be found at

UICHR is a part of University of Iowa International Programs, which enables UI students, faculty, staff and the public to learn from and about the world. Its offices, degree programs and events provide life-changing opportunities on campus and abroad, heighten intellectual and cultural diversity, and give all university constituents access to vital international knowledge. For more information, visit or call 319-353-2700. International Programs is part of the UI Office of the Provost.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Amy Weismann, UI Center for Human Rights, 319-335-0483,; Elizabeth Petersen, UI Center for Human Rights, 319-530-3043,; Lois Gray, University News Services, 319-384-0077,