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Castellani Art Museum invites visitors to learn more about art history

LEWISTON – The Castellani Art Museum, also known as the CAM, on the Niagara University campus will offer its seventh annual “Meet Me at the CAM” lecture and film series for museum members, focusing on art and art through the ages.

The series of lectures will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on five consecutive Wednesdays beginning this week with speaker Nancy Weekly, head of collections at the Burchfield Penney Art Center. There will also be an “Art Across the Ages” DVD lecture on “Revolutions in Early 20th Century Painting.”

Future speakers include Dr. Amelia Gallagher, religious studies professor at NU; Buffalo painter and art critic Bruce Adams; and Michael J. Beam, Castellani’s curator of exhibitions and collections and art history professor.

Admission is free for museum members and $5 for non-members. Programs begin with coffee and light refreshments. Free parking is available at the Castellani and Gallagher lots. Museum memberships are available.

In addition to visiting speakers, each week will offer “Art Across the Ages” DVD lectures. The course in Western visual art by Professor Ori Soltes is designed to acquaint attendees with the basics of Western art, major artists and styles of art in various media.

Here is the rest of the schedule:

• On May 27, Gallagher will offer a presentation on, “Contemporary Religious Art from the Castellani Permanent Collection” and an Art Across the Ages DVD lecture, “Art, Politics and Religion from Era to Era.”

• June 3, Beam will present a program exploring pop art in the CAM collection and an Art Across the Ages DVD lecture on, “The Problem of Categories in Modern Art.”

• June 10, Beam will discuss the important sculptural works in the CAM collection and offer an Art Across the Ages DVD lecture on “Developments in Sculpture – Rodin to Judd.”

• June 17, Adams, an artist, art educator and writer, will discuss the significant figurative works in the CAM collection and an Art Across the Ages DVD lecture will present, “Figuration and Abstraction – the Struggle.”

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