Student Art Showcased During Black History Month

February 23, 2009

Mary Baldwin freshman Jessica Woodyard’s original artwork did more than appear on posters around campus and the city promoting Mary Baldwin’s Black History Month events, it sparked an idea. For the first time in connection with Black History Month at Mary Baldwin, artwork by six students is featured this week in Deming Fine Arts Building. Work by Christina Cope ’09, Kiara Morrow ’12, Dayneisha Davis ’12, Claudia Bowen ’11, and Simone Williams ’12 joins pieces by Woodyard in the Deming Alternative Gallery.

“I am learning and finding my way through the path here at Mary Baldwin, which means much of my art is informed with the idea of ‘Show Me the Way,'” said Woodyard, referring to the theme of the month’s events at Mary Baldwin. “In many of my paintings there is something bigger to understand.”

Textiles are interspersed with paintings and drawings for a vibrant visual effect and expression of a few of the college’s African-American student artists.

Exhibitor Christina Cope ’09 is one of two African-American studio art majors at Mary Baldwin. She sees the show as “a perfect way to highlight a field in which African-Americans are still a minority. It is a medium in which we are encouraged to express our ‘roots.'”

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