Sunday, February 21, 2010

Relentless Resilience: updated calendar of events for UM Black History Month‏

Sunday February 21
Panel Discussion – “African Diaspora Art & Reconstruction of Haiti” 4 – 7 pm**

Thursday February 25
African Diaspora Art Exhibition & Forum – Panel Discussion: “African Diaspora Art & Healing 7-9 pm ”***

University of Miami
College of Arts & Sciences, Wesley Gallery
1210 Stanford Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33146

Relentless Resilience | About the Show
The University of Miami’s Department of Art and Art history, Africana Studies and Yele Haiti present …. “ Relentless Resilience: Harnessing the energy of contemporary African Diaspora Aesthetics”, an art exhibition celebrating Black History month with a unique focus on the artistic contribution of Haiti. The show, curated by international art curator, Ludlow Bailey, will run from February 1, 2010 to February 28, 2010 at the University’s College of Arts & Sciences/Wesley Gallery, 1210 Stanford Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33146. (305) 284-2542.

The exhibition will include a series of lectures and will feature the works of African-American Artist, Ansel Butler; Jamaican Artist, Kristie Stephenson and Haitian-American Artists, Asser Saint-Val, Guy Syllien and Fred Thomas.

Ansel Butler is an Atlanta based artist who is well known for his provocative portraitures on wood. Ansel holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Southern University A&M, Baton Rouge, LA as well as a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Computer Science from Southern University A&M, Baton Rouge, LA, 1990.
Asser Saint-Val is a graduate of the New World School of The Arts and holds a BFA from the University of Florida. Mr. Saint-Val was the 2006 winner of the prestigious, “South Florida Consortium Award.”
Guy Syllien has been featured on “NBC’s Good Morning America. Mr. Syllien is also a graduate of the New World School of The Arts. He is a multimedia artist and works with found objects and prefers to use mostly acrylics in his well crafted paintings.
Fred Thomas has been painting since his elementary school in Haiti. He attended the Centre d ‘Art and the Centre de Ceramique in Port au Prince. He also holds a BA in Philosophy and Religion from Union University and a Masters Degree in Psychology. He is currently an artist in residence at Art South of Homestead.
Kristie Stephensen was born in Kingston, Jamaica and studied graphic design at the Edna Manley College for the Visual and Performing Arts. She holds a Masters Degree in Architecture from RISD (The Rhode Island School of Design.) Her work is highly informed by multicultural spiritual ideas of myth and legend.

The College of Arts & Sciences/Wesley Gallery is free and open to the public. A special opening reception will be held on Feb 19, 2010 from 6:30pm-9pm.
The following lectures, intended to contextualize the exhibition will be presented in conjunction with the exhibition:
1. African Diaspora Art and Heritage as Catalysts for the Reconstruction of Haiti
2. African Diaspora Art and Healing

Related Links:

* University of Miami’s Department of Art and Art history, Africana Studies
* Haiti: Ghana Responds
* Yele Haiti

Kristie A. N. Stephenson
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