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Spoof of Grant Wood art work to highlight UNI Arts in April posters

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Michelle Coleman, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761
Vicki Grimes, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A spoof of Grant Wood's famous 'American Gothic,' the second in a series by Cedar Falls artist John Heidersbach, is being used on posters, flyers and brochures to promote the University of Northern Iowa's third annual Arts in April, a monthlong celebration of arts and culture.

Heidersbach, who holds a master's degree from UNI, created the piece that features a woman in a purple UNI apron holding a decorative mask, and man gripping a brightly painted guitar.

This image joins the piece he created to promote last year's celebration, a spoof of Leonardo da Vinci's 'Mona Lisa.'

The Arts in April celebration kicks off with a daylong festival March 29 in the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. The festival is supported in part by a grant from the Iowa Arts Council, KUNI Radio and KWWL-TV.

Arts in April grew out of UNI's 125th anniversary celebration in 2001 highlighting the many arts and cultural pursuits at UNI. In addition to the performing arts, UNI will host exhibits, lectures, films, family-centered events, observatory programs and special dining opportunities.

The complete Arts in April schedule is available on the Web at www.uni.edu/artsinapril .