Artist and National Catholic Center of Holocaust Education (NCCHE) Advisory Board Member, Diane Samuels, will present an Art Talk at Seton Hill University. Samuels is a Pittsburgh-based visual artist. She has had solo and group exhibitions at the Carnegie Museum of Art.
In 1998, she built a commissioned memorial garden in Grafeneck, Germany in memory of the victims killed in a gas chamber killing center used for euthanasia experiments. The victims were primarily mentally and physically disabled.
More recently, Samuels was one of four people selected from the United States to be a member of the 2013 Class of Fellows of the American Jewish Academy in Jerusalem. She began this ten-week residential fellowship in Jerusalem at the beginning of October. She worked in public on a daily basis using poetry of writers from the region to talk with people in the area about the idea of "home." Samuels will talk about her experience in Jerusalem and show some of the materials she collected for her "Jerusalem Archive."
“I'm looking forward to learning about Diane's latest project, because her work is always interesting and quite meaningful. I hope the students who attend will become more aware of the impact that art can have on important issues,” said Carol Brode, Assistant Professor and Director of the Harlan Gallery.
The Art Talk is a part of Seton Hill University’s annual World Week organized by the Intercultural Student Services.
“I’m excited about the Art Talk and collaboration with the Holocaust Center here at Seton Hill University because it will be the first time that we’ve collaborated on an event and I think having Diane Samuels come to speak on campus is a change of pace for that week. Usually we have cultural events with faculty members, we have classes do presentations so this will be a nice change of pace for the evening,” said Keisha Jimmerson, Director of Intercultural Services.
The Art Talk will take place on Thursday, March 20, 2014 in the Greensburg Room at 7 p.m. Refreshments will be provided. The Art Program, Harlan Gallery, and NCCHE have cooperated to sponsor the event. Space is limited. Registration is required. See Griffin’s Lair for instructions.