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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 4, 2005
CONTACT: Jette Englund
Office of University Relations
908-737-NEWS (6397)
E-mail: jenglund@kean.edu

Kean Professor and Photographer Donald Lokuta To Exhibit
Photos of Sculptor George Segal at Lehigh University

UNION, N.J. ––Kean University professor of fine arts, Dr. Donald Lokuta, will show a selection of 51 photographs from his collection of thousands of photos of sculptor and friend George Segal and present a lecture on Friday, February 4, from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Lehigh University DuBois Gallery in Bethlehem, Pa.

The exhibit, titled George Segal: An Intimate Portrait, will run from Friday, January 21 through Sunday, April 17. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. An Intimate Portrait coincides with an exhibition of Segal’s sculptures, drawings and own photographs in the DuBois Gallery.

During the 1980s and 1990s, Lokuta worked closely with Segal and made nearly 15,000 photographs of the life and work of one of the world’s great sculptors. In 1991, Lokuta assisted Segal in the creation of the F.D.R. Memorial in Washington, D.C., and was selected to model for the central bronze figure in The Depression Breadline.

In an interview with DuBois Gallery director Ricardo Viera, Lokuta expressed his admiration for Segal. “I’ve been very fortunate,” Lokuta said. “During the years from 1984 to 2000, I found a wonderful friend. George Segal was full of humanity, compassion and tireless devotion to his art and to his family; he was one of the most sensitive and intellectual human beings I have ever known. He also happened to be one of the greatest sculptors of his time.”

Lokuta’s career as a photographer, painter, teacher and historian spans over 30 years. He has authored and co-authored several books and written many articles about photography. His own artwork is published widely and has been included in more than 300 exhibitions. Lokuta’s works are in numerous permanent exhibitions such as the Art Museum at Princeton University, the Bibliotèque Nationale in Paris, the Museum of the City of New York, the International Center of Photography in New York, and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

Lokuta photographs what he considers the unseen. “Not the expected pose, but the unexpected gesture between poses – the emotional response in a moment off guard,” he said. “A single perfect smile and noble pose is not who we really are. We are really who we are when no one is looking – when our real humanity is unguarded.” Lokuta is represented by the Sarah Morthland Gallery at 511 West 25th Street and by the Visual Artist and Gallery Association at 350 Fifth Avenue in New York City.

For more information and directions to Lehigh University, please visit http://www3.lehigh.edu/about/lumapsdirections.asp, or call the gallery at (610) 758-3619.