Carlow University Art Gallery Opens with Exhibition of Diane Samuels’ Work

Carlow University Art Gallery is the new gallery space in University Commons. The first exhibition is a show of internationally renowned local artist, Diane Samuels.

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Drew Wilson, Director, Media Relations September 17, 2015
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Close Reading: Selected Works by Diane Samuels Runs from September 15 – November 13

Pittsburgh, Pa. – Carlow University Art Gallery, an academic gallery devoted to exhibiting the artwork of professional local and regional artists, has opened in Carlow’s new University Commons.

The gallery’s inaugural exhibit will feature the work of Diane Samuels, an internationally renowned local artist and a co-founder of City of Asylum, whose work, “Close Reading: Selected Works by Diane Samuels,” will run from September 15 through November 13, with an opening reception and artist’s talk scheduled for Thursday, October 8, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

In her work, Samuels uses words – from Herman Melville’s canonical
Moby Dick to the lesser-known story of a Polish refugee – as a guide for the raw material of her art.

“Painstakingly transcribing each word from a book or interview, Samuels brings new life, color and texture to these already profound stories and creates tapestries that invite us to experience the story through her unique lens,” said Sylvia Rhor, PhD, associate professor of art history and a co-director of the Carlow University Art Gallery, along with Bill DeBernardi, associate professor of art at Carlow.

This exhibition of Samuel’s work marks the public debut of both Moby Dick and Midnight’s Children, Salman Rushdie, and also serves as the starting point for a public art project that Samuels will create for the University Commons over the next year.  There will be an opening reception and artist’s talk in the gallery on Thursday, October 8, 2015, from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m.

“The Carlow University Art Gallery is primarily tied to the university’s dedication to social justice and to the liberal arts, and the values of the Sisters of Mercy,” said Rhor.  “As a teaching gallery, the space will be used to bridge the various disciplines at Carlow University and will also serve connect the University to the greater Pittsburgh community.”

The Carlow University Art Gallery is located on the second floor of the University Commons building. The opening hours will be:

Monday and Wednesdays – 1:00 p.m. -6:00 p.m.

Tuesdays and Thursdays – 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Friday  — 2:00 p.m.– 4:00 p.m.

For more information about the gallery or for press inquiries and private tours, please contact Dr. Sylvia Rhor, co-director of the Carlow University Art Gallery, at, or 412-578-6208.


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