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The Conversation, 2022

Published onJan 11, 2023
The Conversation, 2022

The Conversation, 2022

King Au (Chinese American, b. 1960)

Giclée image

84 x 48 inches

Commissioned by University Museums on the Centennial of Trice’s death. Funding provided by Joyce Tomlison Brewer Fund for Art Acquisition. In the Art on Campus Collection, University Museums, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.


Inspired by:
Jack Trice, 1988
Christopher B. Bennett (American, b. 1953)
Commissioned by the Government of the Student Body, Iowa State University. In the Art on Campus Collection, University Museum, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.
Located on the north lawn of Beardshear Hall.


King Au’s exploration focused on a single event: The evening before Mr. Jack Trice’s first college football game against University of Minnesota on October 1923. While in his hotel room, Mr. Trice was having a serious conversation with himself (artist interpretation). He wrote down his commitment, his courage, and his might, to succeed and lead as an individual, as well as part of a team. While Mr. Trice was assessing his representation, he was also mentally preparing his moves, and repeatedly used the words: ‘I will’. The multiple angles of Mr. Trice in The Conversation represents the intense talk with himself. The 3-D pages on top represent a journal that was started and left unfinished. The sky images represent time and immortality.  

–King Au, artist statement

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