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Four distinguished visiting artists are working with Lafayette students and local artists during Lafayette’s Temple Performing and Visual Arts Festival.

“The festival celebrates the creativity of the African diaspora,” says Curlee Raven Holton, associate professor of art and director of Lafayette’s Experimental Printmaking Institute. Two of the artists are African Americans and the others are from Ecuador and Trinidad.

On Monday, Oct. 22, Lou Stovall, founder of Workshop Incorporated, will deliver the David L. Sr. and Helen J. Temple Visiting Lecture at noon in Williams Center for the Arts room 108. He will discuss his work with African-American artists. Prior to the talk, Stovall will visit with students in Holton’s African American Art class. In the afternoon, he will view and critique work created by students in Holton’s Beginning Printmaking class.

Painter, sculptor, and printmaker Roy Crosse will paint and demonstrate techniques to students and local artists Oct. 24-26 at EPI, 421 Hamilton Ave.

Sculptor and folk artist Gregory Warmack, also known as “Mr. Imagination,” will guide students in making small sculptures in sandstone 10 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. Nov. 5-8, in the Williams Center for the Arts lobby.

The festival began Thursday, Oct. 18, with printmaker, installation artist, and curator Maritza Mosquera serving a three-day artist’s book-making residency with local artists and students. Mosquera, a native of Ecuador, is assistant curator of education for the Andy Warhol Museum and coordinator of its Weekend Factory. Recent exhibitions have included a group show at Clarion University this fall and one at Allegheny College last year.

Stovall has received grants for his drawings and silkscreen prints from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Stern Family Fund. He designed the 1982 Independence Day invitation for the White House, the print “American Beauty Rose” for the Washington, D.C. Area Host Committee of the 1988 Democratic National Convention, and the print “Breathing Hope” to honor Howard University’s incoming president H. Patrick Swygert in 1996.

A native of Trinidad now noted for his work in the New Jersey area, Crosse has exhibited at the Morristown Museum and had his work printed in Absolut Vodka’s artistic bottle collection. This will be Crosse’s second workshop at Lafayette.

A self-taught artist from Chicago, Warmack took on the name “Mr. Imagination” after surviving two gunshot wounds to his stomach in 1978. His art reveals a fascination with human faces that appear in images ranging from garden tools to feather dusters, using sandstone, used paint brushes, bottle caps, and an amalgam of discarded items. Warmack’s work is represented in the collections of the American Museum of Folk Art, New York; the Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C.; the American Visionary Museum, Baltimore, Md.; and the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Ga. Exhibitions have included a show at the Carl Hammer Gallery in Chicago and others in Amsterdam and Paris.

The artists’ visits are sponsored by the Temple Performing and Visual Arts Fund, established by Riley K. Temple ’71.

For more information, contact Curlee Holton, associate professor of art and EPI director, at 610-330-5592.

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