Concord University News
For Immediate Release: 
Jan 28 2004

Concord College Hosts First Annual African American Art Symposium and Exhibition in Celebration of Black History Month

Athens, W.Va. – Concord College is hosting its first African American art symposium and exhibition in celebration of Black History Month.

The symposium will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, February 5, in the Main Theater of the Alexander Fine Arts Center, and the exhibition will be on display in the Butcher Gallery, Wednesday, February 4 through Friday, March 5.

The symposium is the first of its kind at Concord and signals the start of an annual program recognizing the work of popular African American artists. Two renowned African American speakers will be featured in the symposium.

Internationally known scholar, art historian, and author Robert Farris Thompson, a professor of African and Afro-American art history at Yale University will present “Triumph of the Cool—Trends in Black Music and Art.” Dr. Thompson has spoken around the world and is the author of a number of books including “Black Gods and Kings” and “Flash of the Spirit: African and Afro-American Art and Philosophy.” Mr. Thompson received his Ph.D. from Yale.

African American artist Stephen M. Carter will also be speaking. He will discuss “Slave Art in the Americas.” He has exhibited his work at galleries across the United States, including the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery. Carter’s work is currently on display in Concord’s Butcher Gallery as part of the symposium exhibition. Mr. Carter received his M.F.A. from Arizona State University and currently is associate professor of art at the University of Vermont.

Assistant Professor of Art and Director for the Arthur Butcher Gallery, Steve Glazer, developed the concept for the symposium and show and is serving as curator for the exhibition along with guest curator Paul Wandless. Glazer and Concord’s Associate Vice President for Development, Loretta A. Young, have organized the event and are already planning next year’s symposium.

“We see this symposium as an exciting way to highlight and share an under-recognized group of artists and their work with the people of West Virginia.” Dr. Glazer notes, “It is wonderful that local students and the community are getting involved.”

Admission to the symposium and art exhibition is free to the general public. The symposium begins at 1 p.m. A reception for the speakers will be held from 3 p.m.-5 p.m. in the Butcher Gallery, where the contemporary black art exhibition, “Well Beyond the Crossroads,” will be available for viewing. The show will be on display Monday, February 2, through Friday, March 5. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

For questions or special arrangements for groups to view the exhibition please call 1-304-384-5360 or Steve Glazer at 1-304-384-5206.

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CONCORD COLLEGE NOTES: Persons with disabilities should contact Rick Dillon, 1-304-384-5231 if special assistance or help is required for access to an event scheduled by the College on campus.

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