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Iowa Lieutenant Governor visits M.U.M.campus, highlights art project
by Patricia Boland
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17 November 2005
Iowa Lt. Governor Sally Pederson visited professor Jim Shrosbree's ceramics class early this month as part of a promotional tour for BuyIowaArt.com, a website developed by the state of Iowa to sell the work of Iowa artists.
Lt. Governor Pederson's visit highlighted Mr. Shrosbree and his ceramic art project, work from which is featured on the http://www.BuyIowaArt.com website.
Mr. Shrosbree has formed a studio group that involves students, faculty, alumni, and staff in producing and selling handmade, earthenware objets d'art that are usable in the home as well as being aesthetically pleasing—small and large plates that can serve at the table or hang on a wall, designer tiles, serving bowls, and semi-large jars.
Currently Mr. Shrosbree, with the assistance of alumna Mara Winningham, designs the works, and the students help create them. Students will also eventually contribute to the designs. Profits go to the Ceramics for Permanent World Peace project, which was formed to help fund groups of peace-creating experts around the world.
During her visit, Lt. Governor Pederson visited the ceramics studio in the Student Union, spoke with faculty and students, and examined the works in the studio that had been produced by Mr. Shrosbree and his students.
'She spoke to several students and asked them where they were from and what they were doing,' Mr. Shrosbree said. 'She was very interested and seemed to have the desire to make the project a success.'
Also on hand for her visit were representatives from local newspapers and radio, Fairfield Mayor Ed Malloy, and University staff member John Revolinski, who is a member of the Fairfield City Council.
The Iowa Arts Council launched the BuyIowaArt site last June to help Iowa artists and their agents sell works over the Internet. The site features crafts, books, music, photography, traditional arts, visual arts, and special collections for seasonal celebrations such as Christmas and Mother's Day.
Each artist featured on the website is panel-reviewed by the Iowa Arts Council before their work is accepted on the site.
'When they were starting out, they asked me if I would like to be one of the artists,' said Mr. Shrosbree, who has exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the United States. 'They went all around the state and there were 30 artists or so initially on the site.'
Also featured on the site are works by faculty member Dale Divoky and former faculty Michael and Charlotte Cain.
As a result of the visit one of the art department's ceramic plates will be displayed in the Governor's office to represent the website.
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