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Russian architect/artist to speak at UNI about influence of classic Russian icons on modern painting

March 9, 2003

Maria Basom, department head and associate professor of modern languages, (319) 273-2749
Vicki Grimes, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Russian Icons of the Classic Period and their Influence on Modern Painting' will be the topic of a slide presentation and lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 13, in the Seerley Hall Great Reading Room on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

Russian architect and artist Alexsei Neiman will speak. His presentation and the reception to follow are free and open to the public. His appearance is sponsored by the REEES Long Distance Learning Consortium and the UNI Department of Modern Languages.

Neiman began his career as an architect in 1965, following graduation from the Moscow Institute of Architecture. His building projects include the Grozny Airport and several Orthodox churches. His Russian-language articles on civil and church architecture have appeared in Soviet and Russian architectural journals.

He studied painting with the well-known Russian artist Vladimir Weisberg, in the 1970s and '80s, and for many years taught drawing and painting at the Architectural College in Moscow. In 1999, he moved to Boston, and has had several exhibitions in Boston and the surrounding area. He teaches drawing at the Boston Architectural Center.

For more information on Neiman's visit to UNI, contact Maria Basom, head and associate professor of modern languages at UNI, (319) 273-2749.