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New artwork to be unveiled at Russell Hall concert

April 14, 2011

Pat Beck, assistant director of marketing, UNI Department of Residence, 319-272-2333,

Stacey Christensen, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will unveil its newest piece of artwork during the intermission of UNI's Jazz Band One concert at 8:30 p.m., Friday, April 22, in the William and Charlotte Hinson Lobby of Russell Hall. The unveiling is free and open to the public.

World-renowned artist Dale Chihuly designed the piece, entitled "Zephyr Blue Persian Set with Tangerine Lip Wraps." Chihuly cofounded Pilchuck Glass School in Washington state and is a leader in developing glass as a fine art. His work is included in more than 200 museum collections around the world. 

The UNI Art and Architecture committee selected the piece and has the role of seeking, commissioning and purchasing art that engages members of the campus community. The committee was founded to meet the requirements of the "Art in State Buildings" program, which was enacted by the Iowa Legislature in 1979 to ensure that the fine arts play an important role in state construction projects. This legislation requires that one-half of one percent of the total cost of state construction projects be used to incorporate the fine arts into state buildings.

The Jazz Band One concert, beginning at 7:30 p.m., is ticketed and open to the public. Guest artist Kenny Wheeler will be featured at the event. To order tickets, call 319-273-4TIX.