Deb Estrem’s exhibit will run April 18-24, 2007
FAYETTE, IOWA (April 13, 2007) – Upper Iowa University art major Deb Estrem is busy putting the final touches on her senior art show. Captivated by the extinct Etruscan civilization of ancient Italy and after much research, Estrem has based her exhibit on the few artifacts uncovered from this society.
Estrem explains that at one time, the Etruscan people were a very advanced, affluent people in northwestern Italy. However, since they were seen as a threat to the Roman Empire, they were targeted for extinction. “After many years of conflict, they finally succumbed to the Romans somewhere around 100 B.C.,” said Estrem.
One of the largest pieces in her exhibit is a replica of the Etruscan “Tomb of the Leopards.” “The Etruscans believed strongly in an after life,” said Estrem. “So they built tombs that were painted with lots of bright colors and symbolism, so when they woke up they would be in a place to live out their next life.” The tomb is painted depicting servants bringing food and drink to “banqueters” and also musicians to entertain.
Estrem’s exhibit will be on display from April 18-24 in the Henderson-Wilder Library (lower level) on the Upper Iowa University Fayette campus. A reception to meet the artist is planned for Thursday, April 19 from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. The public is invited to attend.
For more information about Upper Iowa University’s art degree program or other majors, please go to www.uiu.edu.