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Sam Abell, Branding

Branding, 1984
Cibachrome, 16 x 24"

Courtesy of the artist © Sam Abell

  Sam Abell
The Photographic Life

July 19 - September 15, 2002
Main and Octagonal Galleries

Lecture, Book Signing and Reception with the artist
Saturday, September 14, 3:00 pm
Campbell Hall 153

In conjunction with the exhibit of his work at the University of Virginia Art Museum, "Sam Abell: The Photographic Life," he will give a lecture on Saturday, Sept. 14, at 3 p.m. in Campbell Hall.

Abell will sign copies of the monograph, "Sam Abell: The Photographic Life," following the talk at a reception in the U.Va. Art Museum. The book is sponsored by The Oakwood Arts and Sciences Foundation and published by Rizzoli Books.

In a thirty-five year career as a photographer, Sam Abell has traveled throughout the world documenting the lives and environments of peoples of all cultures. This first, comprehensive exhibition of his work shows the development of an artistic sensibility and maturity. A longtime Albemarle County resident, Mr. Abell has made in-depth photographic essays for magazines and books, and is particularly known for his work for the National Geographic Society, including his 1999 book on Australia. In 1990 Mr. Abellís photographs were exhibited in a one-man show at the International Center of Photography in New York City in conjunction with the publication of his mid-career retrospective Stay This Moment.

The monograph Sam Abell: The Photographic Life, sponsored by The Oakwood Arts and Sciences Foundation, will be published by Rizzoli Books to coincide with the exhibitionís opening. The exhibition, organized by the Museum, Sam Abell and guest curator Leah Bendavid-Val, will travel nationally following its Charlottesville venue.


Exhibition Available for Booking

Corporate Benefactors

National Geographic Society
Virginia National Bank


albemarle Magazine
Arts Enhancement Fund, University of Virgiuna
Artspace Committee of University Programs Council at the University of Virginia
C & O Restaurant
Russel Hart, Executive Editor, American Photo Magazine
Volunteer Board of the University of Virginia Art Museum
Young Friends of the University of Virginia Art Museum
and numerous private donors


New Dominion Bookshop
Shelter Associates, Ltd.
Charles J. Stick Landscape Architect
Wonderful Things! Inc.
and numerous private donors


Organized by the University of Virginia Art Museum
Guest Curator: Leah Bendavid-Val

Exhibition Reception with the artist
Friday, July 19, 2002, 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Reception sponsored by C&O Restaurant
(by invitation-only for members and sponsors)