April 20, 2010

African American Art Expert Robert Steele Will Visit Campus April 27

He will present a lecture and meet with students in the African American art history course

Art expert Robert Steele will give a lecture about collecting African American artwork at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, April 27 in the Williams Center for the Arts room 108.

The talk, “Evolution of an Art Collection,” is free and open to the public. Steele will discuss collecting African American art and his work at the University of Maryland, where he serves as executive director of the David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the Visual Arts and Culture of the African American Diaspora. Steele, who is a member of Lafayette’s Experimental Printmaking Institute (EPI) advisory board, will also be on hand to speak with students in the African American Art History course taught by Curlee Holton, professor of art and director of EPI.

As one of the leading collectors of works on paper by African American artists, Steele is recognized as an expert on African American art. Steele and his wife Jean have compiled works from their personal collection into an exhibit which has travelled to several museums since opening at the University of Maryland in 2002.

This lecture is sponsored by the departments of art and Africana studies and the David A. Portlock Black Cultural Center.

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