January 19, 2007


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LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Samek Art Gallery at Bucknell University is closed for facility repairs, effective immediately. The Samek series of art lectures will continue as scheduled.

The temporary closure will allow repairs to the facility, according to Dan Mills, director of the Samek Art Gallery. Housed on the third floor of the Elaine Langone Center on the Bucknell campus, the Samek features nationally recognized exhibitions and programming, and a wide-ranging collection of more than 5,000 works of art.

Samek staff identified a moisture problem, and contacted facilities personnel, who isolated the problem area. The Samek will close so the problem can be aggressively and promptly resolved.

A team consisting of facilities personnel, outside consultants and contractors and Samek staff has been working together on the project. "I am confident this fine team is making all necessary repairs to the facility. Meantime, the staff is taking appropriate steps so we continue to uphold our high museum-standard stewardship for collections and loaned art," said Mills.

The goal is to re-open with the Annual Student Show, which is scheduled for April 13 through May 1. As soon as the gallery determines the exact date to re-open for regular business, the date will be announced and listed on the Samek website. In the meantime, the Samek will continue to present a very full series of lectures during the spring semester, the schedule of which is shown on its website.

As a result of the required facility repairs, the gallery is postponing its exhibitions, Outside the Centers/On the Edge, and Collection Focus: Contemporary Work by Women, which were originally scheduled for Jan. 26 through April 1, until after the Annual Student Show. This new schedule allows these exhibitions to be on view for two of Bucknell's biggest campus events, Commencement and Reunion Weekend.

"I am delighted that we will have two fine exhibitions on view in May and early June for these events, which attract Bucknell parents, and friends from around the country and in fact the world," said Mills.

"Outside the Centers showcases work in many media by terrific artists from throughout much of Pennsylvania, while Collection Focus highlights outstanding work by contemporary women from the permanent collection.

"We appreciate the patience of our gallery friends as we complete these repairs and look forward to re-opening soon," Mills said.

Posted Jan. 19, 2007

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