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National Center to Host Annual Colvin-Feagin Community Art Show

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The National Center for the Study of Civil Rights and African-American Culture at Alabama State University will host its annual Colvin-Feagin Community Art Show and Exhibit, from Oct. 5, 2018 to Jan. 11, 2019 (excluding holidays).


An exhibit opening and artist reception will be held on Friday, Oct. 5 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the National Center, which is located at 1345 Carter Hill Road. The reception also will feature live jazz music.


The art show and exhibit will feature art submissions from community artists. Exhibition hours will be noon - 5 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m on Saturday.  The exhibit is closed on Wednesday and Sunday.


The opening reception and exhibit both are free and open to the public


The show honors Dr. William E. Colvin and John W. Feagin, both ASU alumni and renowned artists who have played an important role in visual arts and in the community. The event provides an opportunity for patrons to donate to the “Colvin-Feagin Art Gallery Fund”.  The fund has helped to ensure the legacies of both Colvin and Feagin at the National Center through the purchase, care and exhibition of artwork from outstanding artists who interpret the spirit of the civil rights movement and the African-American experience as a whole.


About the Honorees

William Colvin has devoted the majority of his life to the preservation of African-American history and culture through the visual arts, impacting the careers of thousands of students and promoting awareness and appreciation of the visual arts in the wider community. He began his long career as a visual artist at ASU, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in 1951 in painting and secondary education. He earned a Master of Science degree from Indiana State University with a concentration in ceramics in 1961. In 1966, he became the first African American to earn a Doctorate in Education (with an emphasis on African-American history) from Illinois State University.


Colvin’s extensive educational preparation has made him a leading scholar, art historian, lecturer and consultant. He has published several art catalogs, scholarly articles and other materials on African-American visual arts. His research, titled “A Story of Art Programs in Predominantly Negro Colleges,” remains a much-consulted volume.


Colvin served as consultant and curator for the National Center from 2002-2012, organizing the National Center’s art exhibitions and other programs. Under his direction, the National Center has sponsored rotating art exhibitions, making it a leader in the collection and preservation of African-American visual arts.


John W. Feagin has made a major contribution to African-American visual arts in Alabama and in the nation. He attended ASU in the 1950s, earning a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in education and visual arts. Feagin studied with the famous artist Hayward Oubre, as well as the renowned artist Charles Shannon. Feagin taught art at George Washington Carver
High School in Montgomery from 1957 to 1989, impacting the lives of scores of young people.


Feagin is a visual artist with an unusual grasp of the intricate details of the art pieces he designs and produces. His private and public works of art can be found in the collections of major art
collectors. Feagin’s art productions also are on exhibition at the University of Delaware. In addition to his mural, “The Journey to Freedom,” which can be seen at the National Center, Feagin’s murals on the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the Civil Rights Movement are displayed at the historic Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church.


Feagin is a consultant to the National Center and a member of the National Center’s Steering Committee.


For more information, contact The National Center for the Study of Civil Rights and African-American Culture at Alabama State University at 334-229-4824.


Event InformationLocation Information
Date: Oct 05, 2018 to Jan 11, 2019
Time: 05:30 PM to 05:00 PM

National Center for the Study of Civil Rights and African-American Culture
Alabama State University
1345 Carter Hill Road
Montgomery, AL

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