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Feb. 1, 2012

Lecture by alumnus Sprecher will be first public art lecture in re-opened Art Building West

The University of Iowa Art Building West, one of the world's most celebrated architectural achievements of the past decade, was inundated by the 2008 flood of the Iowa River. After the building underwent many months of extensive repairs, the UI School of Art and Art History was able to re-inhabit the building this semester, and the first visual-art event since the building's re-opening will be a lecture by UI painting alumnus Jered Sprecher at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, in Room 116.

Sprecher, who teaches at the University of Tennessee, has had solo exhibitions at the Jeff Bailey Gallery in New York, the Wendy Cooper Gallery in Chicago, the Steven Zevitas Gallery in Boston, Kinkead Contemporary in Los Angeles, and the Gallery 16 in San Francisco.

His work has also been included in exhibitions at venues including the Drawing Center, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, the Irish Museum of Modern Art, and the Knoxville Museum of Art. In 2009, he was the recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship.

"I am a hunter and a gatherer, constantly accumulating images produced by the people and cultures around me," he says. "My paintings extract elements from the high and low of visual culture. This culture and crush of images is in constant flux. In our day-to-day life, one is seldom afforded the time to comprehend what one is viewing under the barrage of images produced by humankind. I try to grasp a single moment, a glance, a small epiphany."

Learn more and view his work at

Art Building West, designed by Steven Holl, received an Institute Honor Award from the American Institute of Architects (AIA), an Excellence in Architecture Merit Award from the Society for College and University Planning, an Honor Award from the Iowa chapter of the AIA, and a Royal Institute of British Architects Award, and it was prominently featured in journals including Global Architecture, Domus, and the Architectural Record.

Take a virtual tour of Art Building West at And view a slide show at

The School of Art and Art History is an academic program in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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