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Oct. 29, 2009

Visit by UI sculpture alumna Molly Mason will boost flood-recovery

Sculptor Molly Mason, an alumna of the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History, will begin a five-day visit to Iowa City and her hometown of Cedar Rapids with a free lecture, "Sun and Shadow," at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3, in Room 101 of the UI Becker Communications Studies Building.

Mason is using her return to Iowa to encourage contributions to the University of Iowa Foundation to support the flood recovery of the UI School of Art and Art History and UI Museum of Art. Contributions will also benefit the Ceramics Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where UI ceramics faculty member Bunny McBride is a member of the advisory board.

Contributions will be collected during a reception celebrating the installation of "Before the Sun Speaks," a large stainless steel and kiln-formed glass sculpture that was commissioned for the lobby of the Kirkwood Community College Continuing Education Building in Cedar Rapids. A reception, to be held 5:30-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, in the lobby, will provide the public with an opportunity to meet Mason and view the new work. Monitors with a slide show of Mason's other work will be viewable throughout the reception.

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Mason will be the first guest artist of the new Ceramic Center facility, 329 10th Ave. SE, Suite 117, in Cedar Rapids at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7. Mason will present a slide show and talk about her extensive early body of work in ceramics.

Mason's work has been featured in 20 solo exhibitions and has been included in more than 150 group exhibitions internationally. Mason has more than 125 sculptures, many of them commissions, in public, corporate and private collections across the U.S. and in other countries.

She now works almost exclusively with metal, and she developed a process for baking permanent color onto metal surfaces. This transparent color process, unique to her sculpture, allows the "drawing" she does on metal surfaces to glow through the colors.

She has been honored with over 45 awards for her artwork. A Fulbright Senior Professorship to Japan allowed her to study the sense of form, space and iconic relationships in the "transformed" nature of Japanese gardens.

The School of Art and Art History is a unit in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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