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October 13, 2004

MEDIA CONTACT:
Matt Lindsay: (202) 994-1423; mlindsay@gwu.edu          
Jennifer Rosenthal: (202) 994-6424; jennyr@gwu.edu 


THE GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY COLLECTS
COMES TO GW'S LUTHER W. BRADY ART GALLERY
OCT. 13 - DEC. 10, 2004

EVENT: 

The George Washington University Community Collects is an exhibition of works from the collections of patrons of the Luther W. Brady Art Gallery and members of the GW community.

WHEN: 

Wednesday, Oct. 13 - Friday, Dec. 10, 2004
Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Friday, 10 a.m. ? 5 p.m.

WHERE: 

The George Washington University
Luther W. Brady Art Gallery, Media and Public Affairs Building - 2nd floor
805 21st Street, N.W., Washington, D.C.
Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro, Blue and Orange lines

COST:  

Free and open to the public

BACKGROUND:

Normally private collectors' works can only be seen by their friends and family. However, the upcoming exhibition at GW's Luther W. Brady Art Gallery will enable the public to glimpse the diversity of the collections from some of the gallery's patrons and members of the GW community. The continued operation of the Luther W. Brady Art Gallery is made possible through the generosity of its patrons, particularly the Friends of the Luther W. Brady Art Gallery. While these donors support public access to art through the efforts of the gallery, they also maintain their own art collections.
 
The exhibition represents a small sampling of the collections of the gallery's patrons and members of the GW community. Many collectors have a variety of interests. For example, Dr. Seymour and Ruth R. Perlin are represented not only by a print by Alberto Giacometti, but also by several embroidered Chinese collars. Other collectors, such as Richard Isaacson who collects Central Asian textiles, focus on one topic. The Uzbek saddlebag known as a "Khorjin," lent by Isaacson, demonstrates the craftsmanship and esteem that culture devotes to its textiles. For this exhibition, Dr. and Mrs. S. Lifschutz have lent not only pieces they have collected, such as a table and chair by George Nakashima, but also works by Phyllis Lifschutz herself. These watercolors, which depict scenes of nature, evoke the works of J.M.W. Turner.

Taken together, the selections included in The George Washington University Community Collects indicate the variety of tastes and motivations behind collecting. The patrons and GW community members have the opportunity to showcase their work, while the wider public has the rare chance to view these normally hidden treasures.

For more information, call GW's University Art Galleries at (202) 994-1525 or visit www.gwu.edu/~bradyart.
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