Richard Rinehart
Since the beginning
Works in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania United States of America

Richard Rinehart is the Director of the Samek Art Museum at Bucknell University. Previous to holding his position at Bucknell, Richard was the Digital Media Director and Adjunct Curator at the UC Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive. Richard has taught digital art studio and theory at UC Berkeley in the Center for New Media and Art Practice departments. He has also been visiting faculty at the San Francisco Art Institute, UC Santa Cruz, San Francisco State University, Sonoma State University, and JFK University. Richard sits on the Executive Committee of the UC Berkeley Center for New Media and has served on the Board of Directors for New Langton Arts in San Francisco. Richard manages research projects in the area of digital culture, including the NEA-funded project, 'Archiving the Avant Garde', a national consortium of museums and artists distilling the essence of digital art in order to document and preserve it. Richard is a new media artist whose art works, papers, projects, and more can be found at
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Art Gallery Graduate Assistant

Fri Apr 20, 2012 11:59

Lewisburg, Pennsylvania
United States of America

Seeking Gallery Graduate Assistants for 2012/13

The Art Galleries are a program of Bucknell University that creates meaningful encounters between artworks, artists, students, scholars, and the public. These encounters occur in the Samek Art Gallery, the Downtown Art Gallery, the Museum Collection Study Room, and across campus in pop-up exhibitions and permanent art installations. Presenting visual art in critical contexts consistent with Bucknell's high academic standards, the Galleries challenge students and extend the intellectual life of campus in an informal lifelong learning environment. The Galleries are academic art labs where experimental art, innovative curatorial practices, and co-curricular programming generate new ways to engage and inspire audiences.

The Galleries seek two qualified Graduate Assistants for the 2012/13 academic year. The small scale of the Gallery staff (3 professional staff) means that both Graduate Assistants will have the opportunity to be involved in every aspect of the Galleries' operations, but each will also have a specific focus.

Curatorial Graduate Assistant
Fall 2012 - Spring 2013 Semesters
Stipend: $10,000

This assistant will work with gallery staff to learn how exhibitions are curated and produced in a professional art gallery/museum environment. Assignments will include researching artists and the exhibition history of artworks, creating exhibition documentation, installing exhibitions, and other tasks that contribute to developing exhibitions. The Curatorial Graduate Assistant will guest-curate the Annual Student Art Exhibition produced in partnership with the Dept. of Art and Art History.

Museum Education Graduate Assistant
Summer 2012 - Fall 2012 -Spring 2013 Semesters
Stipend: $12,000

This assistant will work with gallery staff to learn how galleries and museums educate the public about art in an informal life-long learning environment. The assistant will help with diverse educational strategies from wall text and labels, to leading gallery tours for students and community members, to lectures and other public programs at both the Samek Art Gallery on campus and the Downtown Art Gallery. The Museum Education Graduate Assistant will be instrumental in developing and implementing interpretive programs at the new Downtown Art Gallery.

Graduate Assistants work in the gallery an average of 20 hours/week (except holidays and University recesses.) They will split their time between focused long-term projects outlined above as well as daily tasks in support of the Galleries' programs and operations, including, but not limited to: moving collections objects, preparing for public programs, blogging on the gallery blog, giving short gallery tours to students and staff, matting, framing, packing and installing art.


This is an ideal position for a student with a BA who wants to strengthen their application to graduate school and their work experience at the same time. A student with an MA heading toward a PhD would find similar benefits.

This is a paid one-year position with the possibility of renewal for a second year, contingent upon favorable evaluations. Graduate Assistants are admitted to Bucknell as non-degree seeking graduate students. GRE not required. They have the opportunity to take classes each semester to continue to expand their knowledge and skills. Classes in the department of Art and Art History include printmaking, painting, photography and video, and a range of Art History courses. Assistants are also able to take classes in other disciplines of interest. These Assistantships include tuition for 2 courses/credits per semester. You must be enrolled in those 2 courses per semester and this tuition scholarship is paid by the university. Taking 2 courses per semester is considered full-time and should allow deferral of student loans.

Minimum Qualifications

▪ A Bachelor’s degree in art history (strongly preferred, though BA's in related fields such as studio art, art education, or museum studies will be considered.)
▪ The Graduate Assistants must be dependable, have strong work ethic, and good communication skills.
▪ Must be proficient with social media tools: blogging, Facebook, etc.
▪ Must be able to lift 50 pounds and work on ladders.
▪ Must have a valid drivers license.
▪ Candidates must agree to a background check because they will have access to art collection storage areas.
The student’s undergraduate GPA should be 3.0 or higher. Graduate Assistants are required to maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher at Bucknell as well.

Application Guidelines

All of the following materials are due by midnight on April 20, 2012, and should be submitted by email to: Transcripts, however, should be sent by regular mail following the instructions below.

Cover Letter

Include a cover letter that addresses all of the following questions in one to two pages:

▪ Why are you interested in this position?
▪ What makes you a strong candidate for this position? Please tell about your relevant educational background and past experience.
▪ What aspects of this position interest you the most? Why?
▪ What are your long-term goals? Where do you see yourself in five years?


Please outline ALL of your employment history including art-related and non-art-related work experience. Please also list exhibitions you have worked on, art writing or curating, awards and recognition that you have received, other art-related engagements you’ve participated in, as well as extracurricular activities, etc.

Writing Sample

Please send either:

▪ 2 academic papers you have written about art, or
▪ 1 academic paper and one other writing sample such as an exhibition brochure or art review.


Must be received by April 20, 2012 and should be mailed to: Pam Campanaro, Samek Art Gallery, 300 ELC, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA, 17837

Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation should be submitted by professors, curators, or gallery directors who know you well. These letters should be emailed by your professors to: by April 20.

Additional Information

If you have any questions about this position or about the application process then please contact:

Pamela Campanaro, Operations Manager
Samek Art Gallery, Bucknell University, 570.577.3981


American Cypher: Stereo Helix for Sally Hemings

Tue Feb 21, 2012 12:00 - Mon Apr 30, 2012

Lewisburg, Pennsylvania
United States of America

With this inaugural exhibition, the stairwell of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University is transformed into a sound art chamber.

Artists Mendi and Keith Obadike describe the Stereo Helix for Sally Hemings, part of their American Cypher project, as a sonic drawing created for the lobby of the ELC. The primary sound source for this work is a small antique bell that belonged to Sally Hemings, given to her by Martha Jefferson (her half-sister and Thomas Jefferson’s wife).

This sound recording has been manipulated in order to derive multiple textures, pitches, colors, and effects from this source. The bell sounds have been mixed in the installation in real-time with ambient field recordings from Jefferson's Monticello plantation. The sound plays from moving speakers in the stairwell, emitting an extremely narrow beam of sound in a spiraling double helix-like pattern. This project uses the genetic code of Sally Hemings and Thomas Jefferson as a musical score input into custom software to generate an original evolving soundscape.

Mendi and Keith Obadike are interdisciplinary artists whose music, live art, and conceptual Internet artworks have been exhibited internationally. Their album The Sour Thunder was released on Bridge Records. Their work generated much discussion online and offline when they offered Keith's blackness for sale on eBay in 2001. In 2002 Mendi and Keith premiered their Internet opera The Sour Thunder, which was the first new media work commissioned by the Yale Cabaret and they launched The Interaction of Coloreds (commissioned by the Whitney Museum of American Art). Keith received a BA in Art from North Carolina Central University and an MFA in Sound Design from Yale University. Mendi received a BA in English from Spelman College and a PhD in Literature from Duke University.

Artist talk and opening Feb. 29, 7:00PM, Samek Art Gallery, Bucknell University.

Presented in collaboration with the Griot Institute for Africana Studies.


Call for Papers - Leonardo

Tue Jan 31, 2012 17:00

Leonardo Electronic Almanac announces a special issue titled: Not Here Not There, edited by Lanfranco Aceti, Director of Kasa Gallery, Sabanci University and Richard Rinehart, Director of the Samek Art Gallery, Bucknell University.

Artists that work with Augmented Reality technology and curators and writers that work on issues related to AR, sited art in relation to new media, or site-specific interventions are particularly welcome to submit proposals for consideration.


Gallery Operations Manager

Fri Dec 16, 2011 17:00

Lewisburg, Pennsylvania
United States of America

The Samek Art Gallery is the visual art center of Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA. This 4500 square feet academic art lab presents original, travelling, and collection exhibitions and public programs that cover the range of art history with an emphasis on contemporary art. The Gallery maintains an active museum collection of over 5,000 objects, including many works installed across the campus. The Gallery is open to the public seven days a week during the academic year, with the exceptions of university recesses and during installation between exhibitions. Exhibitions and programming are free and open to the public.

The Operations Manager is responsible for managing the administrative, outreach, and physical operations of the Samek Art Gallery, including the following gallery functions: budget management, personnel supervision, exhibition installation, exhibition and event calendaring, event management, visitor services, communications and marketing, facilities management, and security. The Operations Manager works alongside the Registrar and at the direction of the gallery Director. In the absence of the gallery director, the Operations Manager is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the galleries. For the full job post, see the link above.


Not Here

Mon Jun 06, 2011 12:01 - Sun Nov 27, 2011

Lewisburg, Pennsylvania
United States of America

Not Here
June 4 – November 27, 2011

Lewisburg, PA, June 4, 2011 – The Samek Art Gallery at Bucknell University is very pleased to announce that we will not be presenting the augmented reality artwork of the art collective, MANIFEST.AR from June 4 through November 27, 2011. This collective, famous for using augmented reality technology to "hijack" an exhibition at MOMA in 2010, has focused its latest intervention on an even bigger art world target, the 2011 Venice Biennale. From the collective’s Venice Biennale AR Intervention manifesto,

"As 'one of the world's most important forums for the dissemination and 'illumination' about the current developments in international art' the 54th Biennial of Venice could not justify its reputation without an uninvited Manifest.AR Augmented Reality infiltration. In order to 'challenge the conventions through which contemporary art is viewed' we have constructed virtual AR pavilions directly amongst the 30-odd buildings of the lucky few within the Giardini. In accordance with the "ILLUMInations" theme and Bice Curiger's 5 questions our uninvited participation will not be bound by nation-state borders, by physical boundaries or by conventional art world structures."

The Venice Biennale has not invited MANIFEST.AR to exhibit these artworks. The Samek Art Gallery has invited the artists to not exhibit the works. MANIFEST.AR’s Venice Biennale 2011 AR Intervention descends from the artistic lineage of Salons des Refusés and Institutional Critique. This project imbues healthy critique with a sense of play and offers a new lens through which to view questions of absence and presence, of center and periphery. Artists from Marcel Duchamp to Michael Asher to Andrea Fraser have shown that when an artist gestures beyond the limits of the current art world, they do not leave that world behind; instead they expand its borders. MANIFEST.AR is expanding the art world in a discursive sense as well as technologically and spatially. 

The Venice Biennale 2011 AR Intervention includes artworks by Tamiko Thiel, Sander Veenhof, Mark Skwarek, Will Pappenheimer, John Craig Freeman, Lily & Honglei, John Cleater, and Naoko Tosa. 

The Samek Art Gallery is closed for the summer; please do not visit looking for these groundbreaking artworks. They are not here* The Gallery will also not be hosting a gala dinner at the Cipriani Hotel in Venice to honor the artists. 
* While they are not inside The Gallery, these artworks have been dropped off, virtually, outside the doors of The Gallery and they have spilled out of the building across the Bucknell University campus. To view these artworks on-site, follow the instructions below. These artworks can be viewed from only two places on Earth: Venice, Italy and Lewisburg, PA. They can be not viewed from anywhere.

Augmented Reality
Unlike Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality is the art of overlaying virtual content on top of physical reality. Using AR apps on smart phones, viewers look at the real world around them through their phone’s camera lens, while the app inserts additional images or 3D objects into the scene. For instance, a plaza that is “in reality” empty, might contain a crystal coffin or psychotropic toad when viewed through an AR-enabled Smartphone.MANIFEST.AR writes, “The increased availability of free Augmented Reality viewers on mobile phones has brought this technology out of the lab and created a participatory form of mass media.”

The AR artworks can only be seen in Venice or Lewisburg in the display of a smartphone using the free Layar augmented reality browser:
- on a smartphone (Android, or iPhone 3GS or higher) 
- go to the web page
-then select an artwork, then launch 
- (if Layar is not installed, select “Download app” first)

Related Links
Page to Launch Artworks (on mobile device in Venice or Lewisburg)
Google Map Locations of Artworks on Bucknell Campus,-76.883644&spn=0.0041,0.008261&z=17
MANIFEST.AR Venice Biennale 2011 AR Intervention Manifesto
(includes list of artist and artworks)

Not Here was curated by Samek Art Gallery director, Richard Rinehart.

About the Samek Art Gallery
The Samek Art Gallery is an academic art laboratory that serves the students, the university community and region through innovative exhibitions and programming that focuses primarily on the art of our time. The Gallery organizes diverse and interdisciplinary programs of noteworthy art, artists, scholars and critics from around the US and the globe. The Gallery is open to the public seven days a week during the academic year, with the exceptions of university recesses and between exhibitions. Exhibitions and programs are free and open to the public.

Gallery Location
Samek Art Gallery
Bucknell University
Lewisburg, PA 17837
The Samek Art Gallery is located in the heart of Bucknell University’s campus, on the third floor of the Elaine Langone Center, on the corner of Moore Street and Seventh Avenue.

Phone 570.577.3792
Fax 570.577.3215