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Largest Alumni Exhibit in University History Runs Through October 14, 2005

(Washington, D.C., March 1) – The Howard University Gallery of Art will host the largest alumni art exhibition in the University’s history, featuring the work of 122 recognized and respected artists. The late Lois Mailou Jones, David Driskell, Elizabeth Catlett and Lou Stovall are among those being spotlighted. The exhibit is located in the Lulu Vere Childers Hall, Gallery of Art on Howard’s main campus and will be open to the public through October 14, 2005.

“This exhibition will be a showcase of talent and tradition dating back to the earliest years of the University’s inception under the leadership of General Oliver Otis Howard in the late 19th Century,” says Tritobia Benjamin, Ph.D., dean of the Division of Fine Arts in the College of Arts and Sciences.

The exhibit is a journey through Howard University’s eight decades of influence on and promotion of African-American art and artists.

Among the featured artists are the late Lois Mailou Jones, who worked in a variety of styles in a career that spanned more than 47 years; David C. Driskell, renowned artist and professor of art emeritus from the University of Maryland-College Park, who is regarded as one of the world’s leading authorities on African-American art and for whom The Driskell Center at the University of Maryland was established in 2001; Starmanda Bullock, founder and art director of Star Bullock and Associates Inc.; Elizabeth Catlett, the first woman to teach sculpture at Mexico’s National University where she taught from 1959 to 1975; and Lou Stovall, master printmaker, who founded Workshop Inc., a studio for silkscreen printmaking in the nation’s capital.

“The art program at Howard has produced – and continues to do so – artists whose pieces reflect styles that are not only aesthetically pleasing to the eye, but in many ways embrace the cultural, social and geographical mix of our student body,” says Howard University President H. Patrick Swygert. “We are extremely proud to offer both the exhibition and the many academic discussions to art enthusiasts from throughout the metro area.”

Artists are available for comment  include: Akili Ron Anderson, Teixeira Nash, Peter Robinson Jr., Lou Stovall, Starmanda Bullock and Kebedech Tekleb.

Howard University is one of 48 U.S. private, doctoral/research-extensive universities and comprises 12 schools and colleges. Founded in 1867, the university offers students more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, a Truman Scholar, six Fulbright Scholars and nine Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on-campus African-American Ph.D.s than any other university in the world.

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