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Title: Egypt: Day and Night
Name: Painting
Date: 1984
Medium: Watercolor and colored pencil
Dimensions: 16 1/8 x 11 1/8 in. (41 x 28.3 cm)
Classification: Paintings
Credit Line: Gift of the Friends of the University Museums. In the permanent collection, Brunnier Art Museum, University Museums, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.
Object Number: UM84.43
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The artist's preliminary proposal for Garden of Stone and Light murals are located in the Durham Building. The final public art installation includes two canvas murals and a granite column in the middle of the artist-designed terrazzo floor. Mural images include architectural forms with door openings resembling those of an ancient pyramid, as well as views from interior to the exterior skies. The architectural elements symbolize and reinforce classical and contemporary co-mingling of ideas, providing an exhilarating reminder of the passage of ideas through time as well as stone and light.

Keith Achepohl was born April 11, 1934, in Chicago, Illinois. He earned his BA from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, and in 1960 he received an MFA in printmaking from the University of Iowa where he studied with Mauricio Lasansky. From 1964-1967 he served as a printmaking instructor at the University of Iowa and returned to school in 1973 where he is currently full professor and head of the printmaking department. Since 1996 he has served as director of the University of Iowa Summer in Venice Program.

Works by Achepohl can be found in more than 80 museums, institutional, and corporate collections around the world including the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; the Los Angeles County Museum, California; and the Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois.

Achepohl is known primarily for his watercolors and prints. Much of his work is informed by extensive travels in the Mediterranean region, in particular Egypt and Turkey. His watercolor series, Egypt: Day and Night, abstracts the geometry of the region's architecture and infuses it with bold color. Other works of art in this exhibition reflect his interest in nature through the sensitive depiction and interpretation of plant forms.