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NCCU Art Museum Collection Shows at American Tobacco

Published: Friday, August 05, 2011

Continuing the campus’ outreach and collaboration with the community, the North Carolina Central University Art Museum has loaned a collection for its first exhibit at the American Tobacco Campus in Durham.

 The “Celebrating Treasures” exhibit is on display through Aug. 30 and featureswork from acclaimed African-American painters, sculptors, illustrators, collage artists and cartoonists.

One of the featured artists is the late illustrator Tom Feelings, whose best known book is “The Middle Passage: White Ships/Black Cargo.” Feelings received numerous awards during his career, including the 1969 Newbery Honor Book for illustrations in “To Be a Slave,” written by Julius Lester.

Feelings once described his approach this way: “When I am asked what kind of work I do, my answer is that I am a storyteller, in picture form, who tries to reflect and interpret the lives and experiences of the people that gave me life. When I am asked who I am, I say, I am an African who was born in America. Both answers connect me specifically with my past and present ... The struggle to create artwork as well as to live creatively under any conditions and survive (like my ancestors), embodies my particular heritage in America."

Michael Goodmon, vice president of real estate for Capitol Broadcasting Company, which owns American Tobacco, said, “We’re proud to showcase this exhibit and the powerful message it sends that we, as a country and a community, are stronger because of our diversity.”  

What:  "Celebrating Treasures" from the NCCU Art Museum

Where: The Strickland Lobby at the American Tobacco Campus (near Cuban Revolution restaurant)

When:  9 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays, through Aug. 30

Who:Artists include Elizabeth Catlett, Elton Fax, Margaret Burroughs, Tom Feelings, Larry Lebby and James Denmark.

Cost: Free

Website: www.americantobaccocampus.com.

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