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Michele Leavitt’s “Tears” Installation to Open
at the University of Virginia Art Museum Oct.22

October. 8, 2002--

WHO: Michele Leavitt

WHAT: Exhibition – “Tears”

WHEN: Tuesday, Oct. 22, through Sunday, Dec. 1

WHERE: U.Va. Art Museum

WHAT: Gallery talk by the artist

WHEN: Friday, Oct. 25, 11 a.m.

WHERE: U.Va. Art Museum

An installation by Rhode Island-based artist Michele Leavitt will open at the University of Virginia Art Museum Oct. 22. The exhibition, ”Tears,” complements the Virginia Film Festival (Oct. 24-27), which has chosen “WET” as its annual theme.

A ticketed reception, in conjunction with the Film Festival, will be held in the museum on Thursday, Oct. 24. The artist will present a gallery talk, free and open to the public, on Friday, Oct. 25, at 11 a.m. The exhibition will remain on view through Sunday, Dec. 1.

As a statement on ecological issues, Leavitt creates a living room atmosphere with a variety of objects commenting on our culture of consumption and environmental destruction. Through window treatments, painted furniture, quilts, collages, paintings and a limited-edition rug designed by the artist, “Tears” uses traditional fine art materials and everyday objects to create an aesthetically attractive and seemingly familiar and comfortable atmosphere.

“Making something new and beautiful from something old is my way of visually affirming how a change in behavior can create a path to preservation,” Leavitt said. Upon closer analysis, each work in the installation encourages viewers to question their own complicity in environmental waste and the necessity of a global consciousness for the protection of the earth.

Leavitt’s art also combines levity with seriousness. Her sense of humor is expressed in her juxtaposition of folk and contemporary art references, conventional and nonconventional materials, and traditional and innovative ideas.

Leavitt received her B.F.A. from the Rochester Institute of Technology and her M.F.A. from Cornell University. She has participated in numerous juried exhibitions and solo and group exhibitions, and her work may be found in numerous public and private collections.

The U.Va. Art Museum is open to the public without charge Tuesday through Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.

For details about the exhibit or the museum, call (434) 924-3592 or visit the Web site http://www.virginia.edu/artmuseum/.

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Slides and photographs available.

Contact: Jane Ford, (434) 924-4298

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (434) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (434) 924-7550.

SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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