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Jan. 10, 2011

UI presents first post-flood faculty art exhibition Jan. 27 to March 6 at Figge

"Those Who Can: The University of Iowa School of Art & Art History Studio Faculty Exhibition" will be on view Jan. 27 through March 6 in the third-floor gallery space of the Figge Art Museum, 225 W. 2nd St. in Davenport. A reception will honor the artists 3-5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 30.

The first UI faculty exhibition since the flood of 2008 displaced both the School of Art and Art History and the Museum of Art (UIMA) from their facilities was curated by new UIMA Director Sean O'Harrow, and is dedicated to the memory of art faculty member Thomas R. Aprile, who died last year.

Studio arts faculty members Isabel Barbuzza, Chunghi Choo, Tom Christison, Ron Cohen, Monica Correia, Bradley Dicharry, John Dilg, David Dunlap, Laurel Farrin, John Freyer, Bob Glasgow, Ab Gratama, Sue Hettmansperger, Anita Jung, Sarah Kanouse, Julia Leonard, Vinicius Lima, Steve McGuire, Virginia Myers, Mat Rude, Jim Snitzer, Margaret Stratton, Heidi Van Wieren, Susan White, Rachel Williams, Jon Winet, Laura Young and Kee-ho Yuen will show the public their recent contributions to the world of art.

As a direct reflection of the range of media taught in the studio arts program, the artworks on display include paintings, sculpture, intermedia, mixed media, metal arts, photography, three-dimensional design and graphic design.

The Figge's third-floor gallery space was designed by modernist architect Sir David Chipperfield. The museum, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday; and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. UI students, faculty, and staff receive free admission to the Figge with their UI ID cards; UIMA donors get in free with their Donor Courtesy Cards.

Under a 2008 agreement, the Figge is housing and displaying most of the UIMA collection until a permanent museum space in Iowa City becomes available. For up-to-date UIMA information, visit or call 319-335-1725. The Figge was the site of the School of Art & Art History MFA exhibition during the summer of 2010.

The Figge Art Museum is an encyclopedic museum with more than 4,000 works of art in its collection, ranging from the 16th century to the present. The Figge is best known for its extensive collection of Haitian, Mexican and Midwestern art, particularly pieces by Thomas Hart Benton, John Steuart Curry, Marvin Cone and Grant Wood, including the only self-portrait Wood ever painted.

Work is currently proceeding on repairs to Art Building West. Des Moines architect Rod Kruse and Steven Holl Architects have been selected to design a new building to replace the 1936 Art Building that was irreparably damaged by the flood. The School of Art & Art History is temporarily located in the Studio Arts building on Highway 1 West.

UI arts events are searchable on the UI Master Calendar: Exhibitions are searchable at To receive UI arts news by e-mail, go to and click the link "Join or Leave ACR News," then follow the instructions.

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