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Release Date: Friday, April 4, 2014 4:52 PM
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Howard Presents the 25th Annual James A. Porter Colloquium
Artist, musician and art educator Lonnie Holley will speak and perform at the 2014 Porter A. Colloquium

WASHINGTON (March 21, 2014) – The Howard University Department of Art will host the 25th Annual James A. Porter Colloquium on African-American Art and Art of the African Diaspora on April 11-12. Named after a pioneering Howard University art historian and professor, the colloquium is the leading forum for scholars, artists, curators as well as art enthusiasts in the field of African-American art and visual culture.

The colloquium’s theme is “Bridging the Past to Present: African American Contributions in Public Art.” Participants will examine the contributions of African-American artists in the public space. The program is free and open to the public.

The opening event will be held in the School of Business auditorium from 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m.  Lisa Farrington, Ph.D., chair of art and music and professor of art history at John Jay College, City University of New York, will speak on the morning of Friday, April 11. The keynote address, “Performance Public Art,” will be delivered by Valerie Cassel-Oliver, senior curator at the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston. On Saturday, artists Maren Hassinger and Lonnie Holley of Atlanta will lead a conversation about their art and careers.

The James A. Porter Colloquium will conclude with a gala and awards ceremony, held on April 12, at 7 p.m. in the Blackburn Center. This year, we honor the lifetime achievements of internationally renowned sculptor Richard Hunt; art historian and educator, Dr. Lisa Farrington;  and a distinguished curator, art historian and educator, Lowery Stokes Sims. The awards ceremony includes a formal dinner and jazz concert featuring Lonnie Holley.

Gala tickets are available for purchase. Please contact Anthony McEachern at or 202-806-7047, for more information. Tickets are $130 before April 1 and $150 thereafter. Tickets will not be available for purchase at the door
Porter’s 1943 publication, Modern Negro Art, laid the foundation for the study of African-American art as a scholarly field.  Since 1990, the James A. Porter Colloquium has attracted hundreds of educators, artists, scholars, collectors and business professionals from the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, Europe and Africa.


Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at

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