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Exhibit of Work by Three Noted African American Artists at College


DATE: January 21, 2009

CONTACT: Lisa Saunders

(845) 574 - 4244


Exhibit of Work by Three Noted African American Artists
at SUNY Rockland Community College


Suffern, NY - Works by three renowned African American artists will be exhibited during African American History Month at SUNY Rockland Community College.


February 1 – February 28

Exhibit:  Three African American Masters

Art Underground (Second Floor), Library Media Center

Admission: Free

Selected works of 20th century renowned African American artists Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence and Charles White will be on exhibit. 

Romare Bearden (1911–1988) was a prominent artist and writer. Active in the Civil Rights movement, Bearden expressed his political views through cartoons, oils, and collages.

Along with Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence (1917 - 2000) is among the most celebrated 20th century African American painters. His "Migration Series," featured in the 1941 issue of Fortune magazine, depicts the migration of African Americans from the rural south to the urban north.

Charles Wilbert White (1918–1979) was known for his Works Project Administration (WPA) era murals and his most recognized work is The Contribution of the Negro to American Democracy, a mural hanging at Hampton University featuring famous African Americans including George Washington Carver, Harriet Tubman, and Frederick Douglass. White is considered one of America's finest draftsmen in the plastic arts and portrayal of a dignified African American experience.

Thursday, February 5
Masters Lecture & Reception
7:00 p.m., Rotunda, Library Media Center
Admission: Free
C. Ian White will lecture on the contributions of Bearden, Lawrence, and his father, Charles White.

The son of Charles White, Ian shares his father's sense of responsibility to raise consciousness with his art. His initial interest in murals developed out of the WPA murals and an early exposure to the political billboard-like murals popular in Nicaragua during the rule of the Sandinistas. He visited that Central American country several times while growing up. He graduated from the San Francisco Art Institute (BFA), Otis School of Design (MFA) and his works on canvas and instillations works have been exhibited in California and New York.


For further information, contact members of the African American History Month Committee, Melissa Roy at 845-574-4758,, or Lisa Schachter, 845-574-4396,


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