Join the Arts Council of Princeton for the Opening Reception of Retrieving the Life and Art of James Wilson Edwards and a Circle of Black Artists.
This revolutionary exhibition focuses on five late 20th-century master artists who lived and worked within 25 miles of each other in the geographic region from Princeton, New Jersey to New Hope, Pennsylvania: James Wilson Edwards, Rex Goreleigh, Hughie Lee-Smith, Selma Hortense Burke, and Wendell T. Brooks and reveals how Black artist/teachers were integral and influential members in a white regional community. While there have been blockbuster exhibitions of a few contemporary Black artists during recent years, this is one of the first exhibitions to explore the historical context from which these artists emerged.
The Opening is preceded by a panel discussion beginning at 4pm: Art Collecting as an Act of Love, Resistance and Preservation of History. This panel will feature guest speakers who are lenders to the exhibition, Lewis Tanner Moore, Mary Flamer, Brenda and Larry Thompson, Joye and Scott Shepperd, June Kelly.