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February lecture series highlights African American artists

Post Date:01/11/2018 9:07 AM

For Immediate Release

Contact: Amy Bolton, Public Information Officer        
Office:  623-882-7053
amy.bolton@goodyearaz.gov 

 

February lecture series highlights African American artists

 

Arts & Culture Lecture Series
National African America History Month

Jimmy James Greene
Tuesday, Feb. 6 from 7 – 8 p.m. at the Goodyear Branch Library Community Room, 14455 W. Van Buren

Kris Rhymes
Tuesday, Feb. 18 from 2 - 3:30 p.m. at the Goodyear Branch Library Community Room, 14455 W. Van Buren

John Clark
Tuesday, Jan. 23 from 7 – 8:30 p.m. at Total Wine, 1416 N. Litchfield Road

 

Goodyear, Ariz. (Jan. 11, 2018) – In honor of National African America History Month in February, the Goodyear Arts & Culture Commission is hosting an interactive lecture series featuring three prominent local African-American artists. Jimmy James Green, Kris Rhymes and John Clark will share their creative works, the story behind their art, and what inspires them.

Jimmy James Greene
Tuesday, Feb. 6 from 7 – 8 p.m. at the Goodyear Branch Library Community Room, 14455 W. Van Buren

Well-known artist, educator and featured artist for Vision and Sound 2018, Jimmy James Greene, will share his perspectives on the African American experience through an interactive, moderated lecture. His commercial art is featured on theater posters, CD covers, newspaper, magazine and book cover illustrations. One of his well-known public works is The Children's Cathedral mural commissioned by the New York Transit Authority at the Utica Avenue Subway Station in Brooklyn. He is an accomplished collagist, painter, draftsman and designer who works with stained glass, print making and mosaic tile. For the past twenty-five years, his work has explored the communal expressions of the African Diaspora in general, and those of the African-American experience.

Kris Rhymes
Tuesday, Feb. 18 from 2 - 3:30 p.m. at the Goodyear Branch Library Community Room, 14455 W. Van Buren

Through an interactive demonstration of how he uses chocolate to create works of art, Kris Rhymes shares his passion for this unique medium and discusses the path he has taken to become the artist he is today. Born and raised in the Phoenix area, Rhymes is a self-taught artist and successful entrepreneur. He draws inspiration from human interaction, music and nature with his analytical nature and eye for detail. At 26, Kris Rhymes has two collections that employ chocolate syrup and record album covers. His work has been exhibited at the Tempe History Museum; Arizona State University’s Community Gallery; and First Studio Gallery. Rhymes will speak about his unique mediums, why he is passionate about helping youth, and what people can expect from him this year.

John Clark
Tuesday, Jan. 23 from 7 – 8:30 p.m. at Total Wine, 1416 N. Litchfield Road

Artist, John Clark, from Surprise, Arizona will provide the behind-the-scenes story of the creation of world’s largest aviation art mural “Fortresses Under Fire,” at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC. Drawing from his lifelong fascination of aeronautics and his U.S. Air Force service as an aircraft mechanic, Clark has four decades of experience delivering commissioned works for Astronomy magazine, NASA and the U.S. Air Force Art Program. Mr. Clark is the Jo Kotula Chair of the American Society of Aviation Artists; a past President; and “Artist Fellow” of the society.

For more information, visit www.goodyearaz.gov/arts.

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About the Arts in Goodyear
The Arts and Culture Division was established in 2006 by the Goodyear City Council to create a distinct sense of place and cultural destination by integrating art into public spaces. Goodyear’s public art program promotes arts and cultural excellence in coordination with the private sector and other governmental agencies to increase awareness of the contributions of arts and culture to our economy and quality of life.

The Goodyear Arts & Culture Commission provides leadership in developing a community identity through the arts that embraces, celebrates and unites all of our diverse histories, beliefs, cultures, and aspirations.
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