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Donald Saff, director of Saff Tech Arts and director of capital projects for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, will give a lecture entitled “The art of collaboration and the ART of collaboration,” in conjunction with the Nancy Graves “Timepieces” exhibition at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, in room 108 of Lafayette’s Williams Center for the Arts.

A reception will follow. Sponsored by the Williams Center art gallery and the art department, the event is free and open to the public.

Saff and his staff at Saff Tech Arts worked with the late Graves to create the sculpture in the Williams Center show. Saff has been involved in fine arts publishing since the late 1960s. In 1968, he became founding director of Graphicstudio at the University of South Florida, Tampa, dedicating Graphicstudio to expanding both the technical and conceptual frameworks of contemporary art. Craftsmen and technicians collaborated with, among others, Graves, Jim Dine, Roy Lichtenstein, Philip Pearlstein, Robert Rauschenberg, and James Rosenquist. The importance of these collaborations was recognized by the National Gallery of Art and resulted in a large retrospective exhibition in 1991.

Founded in Tampa, Florida, Saff Tech Arts moved to the Eastern Shore of Maryland in 1991. Production facilities in two buildings with a total of 10,000 square feet were completely furnished with state-of-the-art equipment. The aim of Saff Tech Arts was to investigate ways technology could be expanded for production that was non-traditional and appropriate for each artist.

Saff Tech Arts ceased publishing artworks in 1998. Saff and a small staff continue to manage its inventory and assist both Robert Rauschenberg and James Rosenquist in daily operations.

Saff actively pursues his own scholarly interest in horology (the science of time and timekeeping, clocks, and watches) as a collector as well as an historian in publications and lectures.

The Graves exhibit runs through Oct. 14. Gallery hours are noon-5 p.m. Monday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Wednesday; and 2-5 p.m. Sunday, and before public performances in the Williams Center. For more information, call the gallery at 610-330-5361 or email The exhibitions are free and open to the public.

The exhibition series is presented under provisions of the Detwiller Endowment. The gallery is funded in part through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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