December 11, 2009

Art by Professor Curlee Holton Included in Traveling Exhibit on Contemporary African American Artists

Quilt is in The Chemistry of Color exhibit, which ran August-November at the Taft Museum of Art and is currently at the Columbia Art Museum
Quilt by Curlee Raven Holton, professor of art and director of the Experimental Printmaking Institute, is included in the traveling exhibition The Chemistry of Color: Contemporary African-American Artists, which was organized by the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. The exhibit ran at the Taft Museum of Art in Cincinnati, Ohio, from August-November and is now at the Columbia Art Museum in Columbia, S.C., until February 2010.

Containing 72 pieces from 41 artists, the exhibit chronicles the accomplishments and struggles of African American artists through paintings, sculptures, works on paper, and mixed-media objects. Holton’s piece is an etching with collage from his 1997 Blues series.

Holton’s prints and paintings have been exhibited professionally in more than 30 one-person shows and more than 80 group shows, including prestigious national and international venues such as Egypt’s International Biennale; Taller de arts Plasticas Rufino Tamayo in Oaxaca, Mexico; the Cleveland Museum of Art; and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

His work is in many private and public collections, including the Cleveland Museum of Art; Discovery Museum of Art and Science in Bridgeport, Conn.; the West Virginia Governor’s Mansion; Foundation of Culture Rodolfo Morales in Oaxaca, Mexico; the Yale University Art Gallery; the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts; and the Library of Congress.

The Experimental Printmaking Institute was established by Holton in 1996 to promote research and experimentation within the print medium. Since its inception, the EPI visiting artist and artist-in-residence programs have introduced students to over 50 artists from diverse cultural and social backgrounds. The visiting artists have provided students with talented, well-educated, and ambitious role models. Their residencies have inspired print editions, experimental works, and artists’ books, which have been included in galleries and exhibits around the globe.

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