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Exhibit Shows Chilling Work


Even now, Selberis, who prior to her murder had been a victim of rape, is compelling people to pay attention to her work.

Recently Robert Meganke, a professor with VCU's communications, arts and design program, discovered some of Selberis' design work on her computer. After getting consent from Selberis' mother, Meganke and some students decided to display her pieces in Friday's exhibit.

"There will be a special podium" where a sketchbook and several other pieces by Selberis will be on view, Meganke says. Students and friends have selected a poem to include as a kind of tribute, he adds.

One particular work speaks volumes about Selberis' passionate and painful struggle to convince others that violence against women must be stopped. It is an image of a bullseye. Above it is the number of women who were violently assaulted or murdered in 1998 by men they knew. Meganke doesn't recall the number exactly. "It's something like 800,000," he says.

The exhibit will be open to the public on May 17 from 7 to 10 p.m., and from May 18 to 19 at Riverfront Tower, 951 E. Byrd St. — B.W.

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