Rebecca Kamen Opens Exhibition at Georgetown University

Professor of Art Rebecca Kamen continues to demonstrate that NOVA professors produce some of the region’s most thought provoking work. Her latest show, “Rebecca Kamen: Manuscript as Muse,” opened on September 5 at the Spagnuolo Gallery at Georgetown University.

Georgetown University’s President John J. DeGioia attended the opening and mentioned the event on his Facebook page noting the event and its importance to the profile of the University.

Kamen’s work explores the nexus of art and science.  Her work has been informed by wide ranging research into science, cosmology, spirituality and philosophy. Kamen has exhibited and lectured both nationally and internationally in China, Hong Kong, and Egypt.  She has been the recipient of a Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Professional Fellowship, a Pollack Krasner Foundation Fellowship, a Strauss Fellowship, and a travel grant fellowship from the Chemical Heritage Foundation.  Her work is represented in many private and public collections. She has taught at NOVA for over 30 years.

“Manuscript as Muse” bridges Kamen’s recent work at the Harvard University Center for Astrophysics and Department of Science Education by focusing on the connections between Harvard and Georgetown in 19th century astronomy. The exhibition also brings a world-class rare books collection to light. Manuscript as Muse illuminates Angelo Secchi’ s contribution to the science of stellar classification. Secchi established a system for calculating the distance of stars in astronomy while working at the Observatory of the Roman College and Georgetown University.

Kamen’s research revealed that Secchi’s groundbreaking work was refined at Harvard by the women Computers of Harvard College Observatory in the 19th century, and she is continuing to explore the evolution of the astrophysics programs and the links between both institutions. The exhibition will be on view until October 14.

The Spagnuolo Gallery is located in the Georgetown University Walsh Building, 1221 36th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20057. Gallery hours are from Wednesday to Friday from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Saturday 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The gallery is free and open to the public. For additional information about the galleries, visit

For more information, contact Carolanne Bonanno at or 202-687-9206.


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