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March 16, 2005


LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Samek Art Gallery at Bucknell University will host the exhibit, "Shelter," March 24 through April 4.

The mixed media installation is a response to the many refugee settlements found in many, many places where there is war and conflict around the world, according to Dan Mills, director of the Samek Art Gallery.

Tulu Bayar and Xiaoze Xie, faculty with the department of art and art history, worked with their students to explore the multiple themes of life, death and survival in these camps.

"Over the years, the recurring images of refugee camps in different areas of the world have become a disturbing symbol of human tragedy," said Xiaoze Xie.

"`Shelter' is symbolic. It consists of hundreds of liquid light transfer images from refugee settlements from all over the world. It's raw - a symbolic attempt to communicate despair and hope," said Tulu Bayar.

The professors' students, as well as students from gallery practices and gallery attendants, will participate in the completion of the installation, which will include an abstract sound recording and a tomb-like accumulation of used clothing inside.

Programming highlights include two free Gallery talks by Hadi Ghaemi and Sue Spaid.

Hadi Ghaemi, who is a researcher at Human Rights Watch and an independent filmmaker, will speak Thursday, March 24, at 5 p.m. in the Gallery Theatre, located on the third floor of the Elaine Langone Center.

Ghaemi will discuss the conditions of refugees living in Maslakh Camp, at one time the largest refugee camp in Afghanistan. Ghaemi video-documented the camp as a member of a U.N. fact-finding mission in the aftermath of the war in 2002.

Sue Spaid, an independent art critic and curator, will discuss the relationship between contemporary art and politics Monday, April 4, at 5 p.m. in the Gallery Theatre. Both lectures will be followed by open discussions of the refugee camps within the political and social context among colleagues, students and guests from the community.

"`Shelter' is a special project for the Samek Art Gallery," said Mills. "We are using the Gallery to help Bayar and Xie fully realize this ambitious installation and engage Bucknell students in the process.

"After the Bucknell exhibition, the artists plan to exhibit `Shelter' in various venues in the United States and overseas," he said, adding that major funding for the exhibit is provided by the Office of the President, with additional support provided by the Bucknell University Association for the Arts, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency, which is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Special thanks to Jim Rice, Hadi Ghaemi, Suzanne Mejean, Lauren Bayne, and participating art and art history students.

Admission to the Samek Art Gallery, located on the third floor of the Elaine Langone Center, is free. Gallery hours are weekdays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and weekends 1 to 4 p.m. For more information, call 570-577-3792 or check  Samek Art Gallery

Tulu Bayar, with the Bucknell faculty since 2002, teaches photography and multimedia courses. She holds degrees from the University of Ankara in Turkey and the University of Cincinnati. She has participated in both solo and group exhibitions in various venues including the Center for Photography at Woodstock, 825 Gallery in Los Angeles, Artemisia Gallery in Chicago, Istanbul Yeditepe University, Contemporary Art Center in Cincinnati and Ankara Photographic Arts Center. She has two upcoming exhibitions at the Society for Contemporary Photography in Kansas City and the Istanbul Contemporary Museum of Art. Her work has been acquired by Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art. Bayar also holds various artist-in-residency grants most notably from the Center for Photography at Woodstock funded by the Andy Warhol Foundation and the New York State Council on the Arts.

Xiaoze Xie, who joined the Bucknell faculty in 1999, teaches painting and drawing courses. He holds degrees from the Central Academy of Arts & Design in Beijing and the University of North Texas. He has had solo exhibitions in various venues internationally, including Charles Cowles Gallery, New York, China Art Archives and Warehouse, Beijing, the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto, Davidson Galleries, Seattle, Washington, and Dallas Visual Art Center. His work is included in two exhibitions that are traveling throughout the United States, "Misleading Trails" and "Regeneration: Contemporary Chinese Art from China and the United States." His work has been acquired by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art as well as the Microsoft Corporation and General Electric. Xie has been the recipient of awards including a Pollack-Krasner Foundation Grant.

This exhibition year is sponsored by a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency, which is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency; the Association for the Arts of Bucknell University; the departments of art and art history, and East Asian studies; and the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

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Note to Editors/News Directors: Mills may be reached at 570-577-3792 or dtmills@bucknell.edu.

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