UNI Gallery of Art and UNI Museums to partner in Holocaust project

December 26, 2006
Contact: 

Darrell Taylor, director, UNI Gallery of Art, (319) 273-6134
Romney Hall, public affairs coordinator, UNI Museums, (319) 273-2188
Vicki Grimes, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-6728

06-07

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art and the UNI Museums present 'Illuminations of the Holocaust,' a joint programming of exhibitions and Holocaust-related events. This collaboration is being offered as part of the Holocaust Remembrance and Education Program of the College of Fine Arts and Humanities at the University of Northern Iowa and is sponsored in part by generous grants from Veridian Credit Union and Humanities Iowa.

The UNI Gallery of Art will present an exhibition titled 'Justice Illuminated: The Art of Arthur Szyk' from Monday, Jan. 8, through Thursday, March 1. 'Justice Illuminated' will survey the works of Arthur Szyk, a Polish immigrant to the U.S., who in the 1940s created propaganda art to call the world's attention to Nazi atrocities in Europe. A lecture by Irvin D. Ungar, curator of the traveling exhibit, will take place at 7 p.m. on Jan. 8 in the Kamerick Art Building (KAB), Room 111. An opening reception will follow at 8 p.m. in the KAB lobby.

The UNI Museums will host 'Dr. Seuss Wants You!,' an exhibit of Theodor Seuss Geisel's little known political cartoons from World War II, from Tuesday, Jan. 16, through May 20. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, Jan. 18, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the University Museum. 'Dr. Seuss Wants You!' is a traveling exhibit from the Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education and reflects Seuss's war-time efforts to address American isolationism, racism, and anti-Semitism. Large panels of Seuss's editorial cartoons will be displayed against a backdrop of World War II artifacts and historical documents.

'Illuminations of the Holocaust' will also include a lecture by Racelle Weiman, executive director of the Institute for Interreligious, Intercultural Dialogue at Temple University, at 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 15, at the UNI Center for Energy and Environmental Education Auditorium, located on the corner of Campus Street and Jennings Drive. UNI Museums will host Weiman's discussion of Seuss's works and her commentary on the continued need for the social activism and tolerance that Seuss championed.

All events at the UNI Gallery of Art and UNI Museums 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 northeast corner of Hudson Road and West 27th Street, on the main floor of the KAB. The University Museum is located at 3219 Hudson Road, and its hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday; and 1 to 4 p.m., Saturday.

For gallery information, call (319) 273-3095 or visit www.uni.edu/artdept/gallery/. For museum information, call (319) 273-2188 or visit www.uni.edu/museum. For information on the University of Northern Iowa's Holocaust Remembrance and Education program, visit www.uni.edu/holocaust.