February 9 – March 4, 2009
In many respects Black History Month takes on new meaning in 2009 –with a historic Presidential Inauguration setting the stage, and the 100th anniversary of the founding of the NAACP serving as symbolic anchor to this annual celebration. In recognition of a legacy rich in struggle and triumph, we are pleased to present “Renewing America: Pictures of Promise“, Fairfield County’s 2009 African American Art Exhibition. More than 100 works of art depicting various aspects of African American life, history, and culture will be on display at three venues within Fairfield County, Connecticut.
The UCONN Art Gallery and the General Electric Cultural Art Gallery features photographs from the Scurlock Studio Collection, courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of American History, Behring Center. The Scurlock images portray a vivid documentation of 20th Century black society in the nation’s capital, and are part of the Smithsonian Institution’s Black History exhibit National Museum of African-American History and Culture Gallery.
A 30-minute educational overview of the Scurlock Collection will be provided by George Scurlock, Jr. at UCONN, Feb. 12, at 5:30 pm and repeating at 7pm in Lecture Room 107. The event is free and open to the public. George is the son of George Scurlock, Sr. and the grandson of Addison Scurlock, the founder of the Scurlock Family photography business.
In addition, the UCONN Stamford Art Gallery, in cooperation with Picture That, is pleased to present THE 3RD EYE: A Study of Transition, in celebration of Black History month and the 100th anniversary of the NAACP. This collection of works explores the reality of life’s circle through painting, mixed media, photography, fiber art and sculpture. Participating regional artists include Natalie Alleyne, Bloomfield, NJ; Margo Candelario, Atlanta, GA; Jerry Craft, Norwalk, CT; and Barry Mason, Mount Vernon, NY.
Norwalk Community College presents an assemblage of works by Fairfield County local artists where Jo-Ann Thompson-Claybourne, Jerry Craft and Walter Hayward represent Norwalk, CT and John Lawson represents Bridgeport, CT.
Together, these bodies of work create a compelling and sweeping portrait of Black America.