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"BLACK IS......BLACK AIN'T Art Exhibition"

January 18, 2010

Lakeland is hosting “Black Is…Black Ain’t,” an exhibition, from December 21 – January 28 in the Fine Arts Gallery, Building D, first floor on the main college campus, 7700 Clocktower Drive, Kirtland, 44094.

Julius Lyles and Heather C. Terry are the guest curators of this exhibition which includes over 50 visual works in digital photography, assemblage, painting, sculpture, illustration, ceramics, and mixed media created by a collective of diverse emerging and professional artists.

“This exhibition is an engaging process of experiences and historical perceptions captured through visual interpretations,” said Mary Urbas, Fine Arts Gallery coordinator at Lakeland. “Focusing on the meanings of what is ‘black,’ ‘black enough,’ and ‘too black’ in today's society, this retrospective focuses on the isms that define, divide, examine, separate, and challenge today’s black community.”

An artist reception and Martin Luther King Jr. celebration and tribute will be held on Monday, January 18, 2010, from 6 – 9 p.m. in Lakeland’s Performing Arts Center. The evening will also feature poetry performances by Jason Brazwell, Keisha Nicole Foster, Jacqueline Gillon, Chester Hopkins-Bey, Nikki-Kenyatta Lewis, and Women of Season.

“Here’s an opportunity to be a part of this social gathering to celebrate the linage of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and The Civil Rights Legacy,” said Lyles. “A forum where artists and diverse communities come together to discuss future solutions to individual and industrialized racism, inequality, social dysfunction, prejudices, and our future as proud American citizens.”

Exhibiting artists include:

Tracy Ameen ~ Ceramic Sculptor ~ Chagrin Falls
Anna Arnold ~ Mixed Media ~ Cleveland
Donald Black Jr. ~ Photographer ~ Cleveland
Marquita M. Brown ~Visual Artist ~ Cleveland
Ronald D. Clayton ~ Mixed Media Artist ~ Cleveland Heights
Devlin Culliver ~ Painter ~ Euclid
Gabriel Gonzalez ~ Photographer ~ Cleveland
Chester Hopkins-Bey ~ Painter/Wordsmith ~ Cleveland
Julius M. Lyles III~Curator/Assemblage/Mixed-Media Artist/Painter/Photographer/Sculptor ~ Richmond Hts.
Van Taylor Monroe ~ Painter ~ Cleveland
Lindsay Rodgers ~ Illustrator ~ Columbus
An’Angelia Thompson ~ Painter ~ Painesville
Larry Tinsley ~ Painter/Illustrator ~ Cleveland
Bob Walls ~ Painter/Illustrator ~ Cleveland
Gina Washington ~ Photographer ~ Cleveland
Lolita Wilson ~ Painter ~ Cleveland

Gallery hours are Monday-Friday 9 a.m. – 9 p.m., and Saturday/Sunday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. The reception and exhibition is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Gallery Coordinator Mary Urbas at [email protected]

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