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June 14, 1996

Loess Hills art headed to Phnom Penh

by Steve Sullivan
A piece of Iowa and Iowa State is going to Cambodia.

Kenneth Quinn, U.S. ambassador to Cambodia, will visit Iowa State Monday, June 17, and select several works of art from the University Museums' "Fragile Giants" art exhibition to take to Asia. The art will be on display for several years in the U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, said Lynette Pohlman, director of University Museums. The art exchange was made possible through the U.S. State Department's Art in Embassies Program.

While at Iowa State, Quinn will meet with agriculture and economic development officials to discuss ways Iowa and Cambodia can build business, education and cultural partnerships. He will deliver a public lecture, "Iowa's Cambodia Connection," at 1 p.m. at the Brunnier Art Museum in the Scheman Building. His talk will focus on what happened to Cambodia in the 1970s and how Iowa provided (and can continue to provide) humanitarian aid to a country Quinn describes as "a patient off life-support, but still in need of rehabilitation."

Quinn, a native of Dubuque and graduate of Loras College, has worked in foreign service for nearly 30 years. He also served as an aide to the governor of Iowa and as executive director of Iowa Shares, which delivered emergency relief to starving Cambodians.

"Iowa put forth a magnificent step to help Cambodia when the country was facing cultural and physical extinction," Quinn said.

"Land of the Fragile Giants: Landscapes, Environments, and Peoples of the Loess Hills" was organized by the Brunnier Art Museum and has traveled the state for two years.

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