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Jeffery Byrd and Julie McLaughlin to be featured at UNI Gallery of Art

September 15, 2003

Darrell Taylor, director, UNI Gallery of Art, (319) 273-6134
Vicki Grimes, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art will present 'Opera,' installations and performance art works by Jeffery Byrd, UNI professor of art, and 'The House of Bernarda Alba: A Play Without Performers,' installations by Dysart native Julie McLaughlin in the Kamerick Art Building from Monday Sept. 29 through Friday Oct. 24.

The exhibition opens at 9 a.m., Sept. 29. At 7 p.m., McLaughlin will present a gallery talk, while Byrd will simultaneously present a performance in the Gallery titled 'A King of Infinite Space.' Audiences may come and go throughout Byrd's performances. An opening reception will follow.

Other performances scheduled for Byrd at the Gallery include: 'Holding the Universe,' 7 p.m., Oct. 2; 'Beauty,' from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Oct. 15; and 'Holy Ghost' at 3 p.m., Oct. 23. Byrd will present a gallery talk after the Oct. 23 performance.

The exhibitions are part of the series, 'In the Spotlight: Seeing Theatre in a New Light,' which was conceived and coordinated by Theatre UNI and funded in part by the Cedar Falls Tourism and Visitor's Bureau and by a grant from the Iowa Arts Council. Both Byrd's and McLaughlin's work are original exhibitions created specifically for the series.

According to Jascenna Haislet-Carlson, coordinator of the 'In the Spotlight' series, these collaborative exhibits celebrate the art of theatrical design, performance and history in the Cedar Valley. Other participating organizations include the Bluedorn Science Imaginarium, the Grout Museum of History & Sciences, the Hearst Center for the Arts, the UNI Museums, and the Waterloo Center for the Arts.

The exhibition, gallery talks, performances, and the opening reception are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday; and, noon to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. The gallery is located at the corner of Hudson Road and West 27th Street, on the main floor of the Kamerick Art Building. Due to campus construction, visitors are encouraged to park in the UNI-Dome south lot and use the Hudson Road overpass to reach the Gallery of Art. For more information, call (319) 273-3095 or visit