“The Dream: Five Black Artists, Five Voices” at The Hudgens

The Hudgens Center for the Arts in Duluth is celebrating Black History Month with three new and exciting exhibits, sponsored by The Primerica Foundation. The exhibits open on Tuesday, January 22 and will remain on display through March 9.

“The Dream: Five Black Artists, Five Voices,” features five Atlanta-based artists, including Paul S. Benjamin, Jerushia Graham, Henry Leonard, Lynn Marshall-Linnemeir and Nnamdi Okonkwo. Works by the five artists in this exhibit range in media from prints and sculptures, to collage and fibers. See below for more information about each of the individual artists.

“We are thrilled to be able to present five such accomplished artists this spring,” states Angela Nichols, Programming and Education Director at the Hudgens. “Each artist has such a distinct visual ‘voice’ stemming from their own experiences, cultures and interests, and we think this exhibit exemplifies in a small way how very diverse contemporary black artists are in Georgia.”

In addition to “The Dream,” the Hudgens will present two complementary exhibits during the same time frame:

Nine Ben Shahn prints from the permanent collection are featured in “Reflections from 1965: The Civil Rights Movement,” in the Kistner Atrium. This exhibition highlights a portfolio of fine art prints created by Shahn for the Lawyers Constitutional Defense Committee of the American Civil Liberties Union in 1965. Shahn (1898-1969) was a Lithuanian-born American artist best known for his works of social realism, his left-wing political views, and his series of lectures published as The Shape of Content. His art often referred to cases of social injustice, and the examples from the permanent collection reflect his keen interest in the Civil Rights Movement.

Another exhibition, entitled “The Atlanta Collage Society: SHARED VISIONS,” is featured in the Georgia Gallery. The Atlanta Collage Society was formed in 2006 to foster appreciation, interest, and understanding about the medium of collage and to advance the stature of collage as a contemporary art medium. With a membership of approximately 75 collage artists, the ACS roster includes assemblage artists and mixed media artists who incorporate collage into their work. This exhibit showcases Collage Society members’ works created around the theme of diversity.

A reception for the new exhibits, and the artists represented in them, will take place on Saturday, January 26, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public.

There will also be a variety of programs at The Hudgens in February that relate to the exhibits, including a Free Family Day on February 9, “An Evening with the Artist, Larry Walker” on February 21, and a series of Artist Gallery Talks on February 23.

The Hudgens Center for the Arts
6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Bldg. 300
Duluth, Ga.

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