Diversity, Defiance, Endurance on Display in New Travelling Exhibit

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American Tobacco Hosts NC Central Collection, Works of Famed Artists Including Elizabeth Catlett

NCCU Exhibit Trailblazing and challenging art from some of the nation’s most celebrated African-American artists makes its way for the first time ever from the NC Central University Art Museum to the American Tobacco Campus, July 15-August 30.

The eclectic collection features work from acclaimed painters, sculptors, illustrators, collage-ists and cartoonists.

One of the featured artists, illustrator Tom Feelings (of the Newberry-honored book, To Be a Slave), 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 NC Central University Art Museum

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

When:  Open Monday-Friday from July 15 – August 30 from 9am-6pm

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

Cost: Free

For more information, please visit www.americantobaccocampus.com.

Thanks to ATC’s Jesica Averhart for this capcom story..

 

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