To Confer Annual Thomas Jefferson Medals In Architecture And Law
March 27, 2002-- Seth Waxman,
former Solicitor General of the United States, and James Turrell,
an artist whose ground-breaking work explores the perception and
manipulation of light, will receive the 2002 Thomas Jefferson Medals
in Law and Architecture.
medals are the highest outside awards offered by the University
of Virginia, which grants no honorary degrees.
a partner with the Washington law firm Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering,
will receive the 26th annual Thomas Jefferson Medal in
Law. Turrell, whose work has influenced the disciplines of art,
architecture and landscape architecture, will receive the 37th
annual Thomas Jefferson Medal in Architecture.
awards, sponsored jointly by the University and the Thomas Jefferson
Foundation Inc. (the non-profit organization that owns and operates
Monticello), will be presented as part of the Universitys
Founders Day celebration. The event usually is held on Jeffersons
birthday, April 13, but since that falls on a Saturday, the presentation
will be on Friday, April 12.
part of the celebration, both recipients will give public lectures.
Waxman will speak Thursday, April 11, at 4:15 p.m. in Caplin Pavilion
at the Law School. The title of his talk is, "On Ruby Ridge:
Federalism, Law Enforcement and the Supremacy Clause."
lecture, "The Other Horizon," will be Friday, April 12,
in Old Cabell Hall auditorium at 3:30 p.m. There will be an exhibit
of the artists work in the School of Architecture April 8-23.
Turrell is internationally renowned for his installation art examining
light's relationship with the environment.
selection of Turrell to receive the Jefferson Medal in Architecture
reflects our desire to honor an artist whose work has informed the
study and development of architectural space and the natural landscape
through the study and manipulation of light," said Karen Van
Lengen, dean of the School of Architecture. "Turrells
experiments in light have explored the use of artificial and natural
light as a means of demonstrating the changing effects of light
in the environment as well as its universal qualities. We are grateful
for his contributions to the general field of architecture and landscape
largest and most ambitious work to date ¾ the Roden Crater
in Flagstaff, Ariz. ¾ will open in 2003. Since 1972, he has
been transforming a natural crater into a large-scale work of art,
a network of tunnels and chambers that will enable people to experience
light's relationship to the surrounding sky, land and culture.
graduating from Pomona College in California with a degree in perceptual
psychology in 1965, Turrell turned his interests to art as a graduate
student at the University of California at Irvine. There, he first
experimented with perceptual interpretations of light as an art
first light piece, Afrum-Proto, used projected light to create a
three-dimensional floating cube image in the corner of a room.
work has since been exhibited around the world, from Denmark to
Japan, including retrospectives at the Whitney Museum of American
Art, New York and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.
P. Waxman, a partner with the Washington law firm Wilmer, Cutler
& Pickering, served as the 41st Solicitor General
of the United States and has held several other senior positions
in the United States government, including acting deputy attorney
Waxman served as Solicitor General of the United States during the
Clinton administration," said John C. Jeffries Jr., dean of the
U.Va. School of Law. "The solicitor general is the government's
lawyer before the Supreme Court. Seth Waxman discharged that responsibility
with skill, integrity and dedication. In an era of partisan dispute
and bitterness, he was respected by all."
has argued more than 30 cases in the Supreme Court and has tried
and argued dozens of other high-profile civil and criminal cases
in federal and state courts across the country. Widely considered
to be among the countrys premier oral advocates, he has received
numerous awards, including the Department of Justices Edmund
J. Randolph Award and the American Bar Associations Pro Bono
also has represented dozens of international corporations and corporate
officers and directors as well as senior federal and state government
officials, including a former President Richard M. Nixon.
is a summa cum laude graduate of Harvard College. He received his
law degree from the Yale Law School, where he was managing editor
of the Yale Law Journal.
Jane Ford, (434) 924-4298 or Fariss Samarrai, (434) 924-3778