October 03, 2008

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — Two exhibitions featured this academic year at Bucknell University's Samek Art Gallery have won awards from the Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC).

Yoko Ono exhibition
The first was awarded to Kevin Concannon for Yoko Ono Imagine Peace featuring John & Yoko's Year of Peace, and is given in recognition of the exhibition of contemporary materials, which by its design, installation, and/or catalogue is considered exemplary.

The Yoko Ono exhibition runs through Oct. 8 at the Samek Art Gallery in the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell.

Oswaldo Guayasamin exhibition
The second was given the Award for Outstanding Exhibition and Catalogue of Contemporary Materials for the exhibition, "Of Rage and Redemption: The Art of Oswaldo Guayasamín," which begins Jan. 23 at the Samek.

Currently on its North American tour, the show is curated by Joseph Mella, director of the Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery, along with collaborators Edward Fischer, director of the Center for Latin American studies at Vanderbilt and Carlos Jauregui, professor of Latin American literature and anthropology at Vanderbilt.

25th anniversary
"This is a remarkable achievement, adding to the excitement of the Samek's programming which marks the 25th anniversary of a university art gallery," said Dan Mills, curator of the Samek. "I'd like to congratulate the winners whose fine shows are contributing to our exemplary year of programming," he said.

Established in 1983 as the Center Gallery, the university art gallery was known as the Bucknell Art Gallery from 1999-2001, and named the Samek Art Gallery in 2001 in honor of Edward and Marthann Samek.

The Samek Art Gallery is located on the third floor of the Elaine Langone Center. Admission is free. Gallery hours are weekdays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursdays 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; weekends 1 to 5 p.m., and by appointment. The Gallery is accessible by elevator. For more information about the gallery, call 577-3792 or visit www.bucknell.edu/Samek.

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