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Renowned Contemporary Art Collectors Talk About Their Passion For Collecting At The U.Va. Art Museum On Feb. 27

February 11, 2005 --

WHAT:         “Addicted to Art”

Lecture by renowned collectors Heather Miller and Anthony T. Podesta

WHEN:        Sunday, Feb. 27, 2 p.m.

WHERE:       Campbell Hall, Room 153

                  Reception to follow in the museum

Power couple Heather Miller and Tony Podesta have built a significant private collection of contemporary art, featuring major works by international contemporary artists. They amassed the collection in just a few years. In an article in The Guardian of London, Tony Posesta referred to their collecting as a form of addiction. The couple, both Washington lobbyists, often travels on weekends to Europe — sometimes to more than one country in a two-day span — in search of new works by little-known, cutting-edge artists, often works that other collectors would not consider. They buy what they love and concentrate on collecting in-depth the work of a few artists, rather than one work by many artists. Their knowledge of the global art scene has made them two of America’s best-known collectors.

On Sunday, Feb. 27, Miller and Podesta will present an illustrated slide lecture, “Addicted to Art,” which will focus on their collecting primarily in the field of video artwork. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be held in Campbell Hall, Room 153. A reception will follow in the University of Virginia Art Museum.

For additional information, call the museum at (434) 924-3592 or visit its Web site: www.virginia.edu/artmuseum.

Contact: Jane Ford, (434) 924-4398

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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