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PR #39 September 21, 2007

RVCC TO PRESENT EXHIBITION OF WORKS BY AFRICAN & AFRICAN-AMERICAN ARTISTS

Raritan Valley Community College?s (RVCC) Visual and Performing Arts Department will present Out of Africa: African & African-American Contemporary Art , October 5-25, in the Art Gallery at the College?s North Branch Campus. The show is the first exhibition of African Art to be held at RVCC.

The exhibition is being organized as a fundraiser for the people of Africa, especially Darfur. It will showcase paintings by five African women artists and a local African-American artist who has visited Africa. It will also include photographs of Africa taken by African-American students. The show is being curated by RVCC Art Historian Vandana Nadkarni.

An opening reception with guest speakers will be held Friday, October 5, from 5:30-7 p.m. The reception will be followed by an auction conducted by Carol Remmy from the Antiques Roadshow & Christies Auction House, New York City, from 7-8:30 p.m. The evening will also include remarks from RVCC President Dr. Casey Crabill.

The artists whose work will be featured are Ritah Nabuyungo Edopu and Joan Kekimuri (both of Uganda), Duhirwe Rushemeza (Rwanda), Andriana Aboagye (Ghana), Mercy Moyo (Zimbabwe) and Indira Bailey (Scotch Plains, NJ). The African artists hail from countries that have experienced some form of political unrest and exploitation. The artworks are primarily oil pigments on canvas, with some works painted on bark cloth (an esteemed fabric in Uganda). The paintings deal with social and political issues, with everyday African objects and symbols often used metaphorically. The images have been created using animated brushstrokes, vivacious colors and lines that powerfully communicate the energy associated with the ?exotic? African continent.

The exhibition is free of charge and open to the public. Tickets to the opening reception cost $20, $10 for students. Proceeds from the auction sales and tickets will benefit two charitable organizations working with Africa.

Gallery hours for the exhibition are Monday, 3-8 p.m.; Tuesday, noon-3 p.m.; Wednesday, 3-8 p.m.; Thursday, 3-6 p.m.; and Friday, noon-3 pm. For further information, contact the Visual and Performing Arts Department, 908-218-8876.

[Caption for electronic photo]: ?Lubiri? by Ritah Nabuyungo Edopu, oil on canvas (2006)

RVCC, located on Route 28 and Lamington Road in North Branch, NJ, and serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for close to 40 years, offers more than 80 associate degrees and certificates. In addition, customized training programs and non-credit courses are available for those seeking personal and professional development.

The College is committed to offering a quality and affordable education through effective teaching, liaisons with the community?s businesses and state-of-the-art technology. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu .

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