For Immediate Release — Tuesday, August 26, 2008

David Irwin
Media Relations Manager
(585) 245-5516

African American Artists on Paper Exhibition Scheduled at SUNY Geneseo Sept. 2 – Oct. 25



“Women on Sax”

by Dindga McCannon



“Stain” by Teri Richardson

GENESEO, N.Y. – The works of more than two dozen African American artists are to be featured during a seven-week exhibition this fall at the State University of New York at Geneseo.

The “African American Artists on Paper” exhibit, scheduled Sept. 2 – Oct. 25 in the Lederer Gallery in Brodie Hall, will include prints, drawings, collage, watercolor and hand-made paper works.  Some of the works celebrate music, humanity and African American culture.  The exhibition is free and open to the public.

“This exhibition will have works by both established and emerging artists from New York, Ohio, New Jersey, Florida and Massachusetts and is the first time that many of these artists’ works will appear in the region,” says Cynthia Hawkins, director of galleries at SUNY Geneseo.  “It’s a wonderful opportunity to see a wide variety of artistic styles.”

Many of works are by artists who have won significant awards, including the late printmaker Robert Blackburn, who received a prestigious MacArthur Fellowship in 1992.  Also in the gallery will be works by filmmaker and artists Camille Billops, winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 1992 Sundance Film Festival, and Amiri Baraka, a Poet Laureate of New Jersey and American Academy of Arts and Letters awardee. 

Hawkins will deliver a lecture on the exhibition during a reception Sept. 25 from 4 – 6 p.m. at the gallery.  The reception is also free and open to the public.

The exhibition will include works by the following artists:  Linda Hiwot; Camille Billops; Joe Overstreet; David Fludd; Ben Jones; Bill Majors; Tom Laidman; Ronald Joseph; Robert Blackburn; Larry Winston Collins; Victor Davson; Berrisford Boothe; Joyce Wellman; Kabuya P. Bowens; Luvon Sheppard; Nyugen Smith; Gregory Coates; Tei Singh Smith; Tonya J. Clay; Keith Morris Washington; Oliver Johnson; Teri Richardson; Dindga McCannon; Amiri Baraka; Norma Morgan; and Vivian Brown.

The Bertha V. B. Lederer Gallery is in Brodie Hall on the SUNY Geneseo campus.  Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday from noon to 4 p.m., Friday and Saturday from noon to 6 p.m.  For additional information, call 585-245-5814.