2012.07.25 > For Immediate Release
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Jerusalem, Bethsaida Exhibits Open Art Gallery for Fall 2012
Omaha - The University of Nebraska Omaha (UNO) Art Gallery will begin the academic year with two exhibitions in August: Avery Mazor: "Text Messages and Other Works" and "Artifacts from the Dig & Hanan Shafir: Photographs of Bethsaida."
The exhibitions open Friday, Aug. 24, 2012, with a free public reception from 4:30 – 7 p.m. In addition, the public is invited to a preview fundraiser for the Bethsaida Excavations Project scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 23, 6 – 9 p.m.
"Text Messages and Other Works" features a variety of works including photographs, prints and paintings by Avery Mazor, UNO assistant professor of art and design.
Mazor’s title series, "Text Messages," documents the notes and marks left in and around The Church of the Holy Sepulcher and The Western Wall in Jerusalem. The photographs explore a commonality between Christian and Jewish faiths and invite viewers from all walks of life to contemplate communication with the divine.
Concurrently, the hexagon gallery will feature an exhibition celebrating UNO’s 25 years of archeological excavations at Bethsaida, an important city in biblical history located on the north shore of the Sea of Galilee.
Rami Arav, professor of religion and philosophy at UNO, discovered the site and identified it as Bethsaida in 1987. Since 1990, UNO has led a consortium of institutions in uncovering and studying artifacts. Their work has shed new light on the times of Jesus and David, and the uniquely well-preserved site has generated numerous academic and popular publications.
Small artifacts from the Bethsaida dig and a replica of the large stele uncovered at the site will be on display with over twenty of Hanan Shafir’s photographs that capture both archeological discoveries and the sense of wonder they inspire among student excavators.
Shafir began his archaeological photography in 1978 in Jerusalem. His images have been published by Design magazine, Amnesty International, Biblical Archaeology Review, and other publications.
To learn more about Bethsaida Biblical Archeology, see http://www.unomaha.edu/bethsaida.
Tickets for the Aug. 23 fundraiser are $40 in advance and $50 at the door. The event will feature remarks by Arav and other excavators, including an update on the recently completed 2012 summer dig. Funds raised will be used to support the continued excavation and study of Bethsaida.
Several gift items including commemorative pottery shards from Bethsaida will be raffled and Shafir’s photographs will be for sale by silent auction.
For more information, contact Kristy Leahy, Bethsaida Excavations Project Coordinator, 402.554.3108 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Two other special events will be presented in coordination with the exhibits. On Wednesday, Sept. 5, Mazor will discuss his work at noon and on Thursday, Sept. 20, DreAnna Hasah will discuss the Bethsaida Project at 7 p.m. Both events are located in the UNO Art Gallery on the first floor of the Weber Fine Arts Building on the UNO campus.
Gallery hours are 10a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Thursday. In addition, appointments at other times are encouraged. All events except the fundraiser are free and open to the public and the gallery is accessible to people with disabilities.
Both exhibitions close on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 3 p.m.
Call Denise Brady, gallery coordinator, at 402.554.2796 to arrange an appointment or for special assistance.
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