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New York Artist Reveals The Heavens At U.Va.’s Fayerweather Gallery

February 18, 2003--

WHO: Artist Andra Samelson
WHAT: Exhibition – “Ephemeris”
WHEN: Monday, Feb. 24 - Wednesday, March 12
Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
WHERE: Fayerweather Gallery, Rugby Road and Carr’s Hill Drive

WHAT: Artist lecture
WHEN: Thursday, Feb. 27, 5:30 p.m.
WHERE: Campbell Hall, Room 160

WHAT: Seminar on her works reflecting the destruction of Buddhist statues in Afghanistan and a related project in support of their restoration
WHERE: Friday, Feb. 28, 10 a.m.
WHEN: Fayerweather Hall

Fayerweather Gallery will hold a Fourth Friday opening reception for New York artist Andra Samelson on Friday, Feb. 28, 5-7 p.m. “Ephemeris,” a collection of the artist’s drawings, small paintings and collages of the cosmos, will be on exhibit in the gallery Monday, Feb. 24, through Friday, March 12.

Beginning Friday, Feb. 28, a ground installation, also titled “Ephemeris,” will be exhibited in front of the gallery. The installation is composed of a 25-foot-diameter circle of a reflective, sand-like material called Black Beauty. Arranged on this surface will be more than 100 mirrors and Mylar reflective hemispheres varying in size from 1 to 15 inches. The creation is a metaphoric map of the night sky.

“An unrealized dream of Jefferson was to paint a night sky on the interior of the dome room of the Rotunda,” said Bill Bennett, chairman of U.Va.’s studio art program. “‘Ephemeris,’ with its hemispherical stars, helps to complete Jefferson’s dream.”

Samelson said, “Reflection is the primary component of the piece. Anything that is happening in the moment — a bird flying over head, a cloud drifting by, someone bending over to look at the piece — is a part of the piece.”

U.Va. students will work with Samelson during a week-long residency in the McIntire Department of Art to create the installation.

Samelson’s upcoming projects include a larger installation based on “Ephemeris” for the New Jersey Transit System.

She will also curate an international exhibit of works created in support of the restoration of the colossal Buddhist statues in Afghanistan that were destroyed by the Taliban in March 2001. The exhibit will open at the Afghanistan Museum in Exile, located outside Basil, Switzerland, then travel to other museums around the world. The project, which grew out of a piece Samelson created in response to the statues’ destruction, was displayed at the United Nations in 2001.

Samelson will conduct a seminar about this project on Friday, Feb. 28, at 10 a.m. in Campbell Hall, Room 158.

She will also give a lecture on Thursday, Feb. 27, at 5:30 p.m. in Campbell Hall, Room 160.

All events are free and open to the public.

Fayerweather Gallery is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For additional information, contact Bill Bennett at (434) 924-6138 or

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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