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Curlee Raven Holton, associate professor of art and founding director of Lafayette’s Experimental Printmaking Institute (EPI), is curator of an exhibit entitled A Celebration of Color, which will run January 30-March 21 at the Banana Factory in Bethlehem, Pa.

Three Lafayette students, EXCEL Scholar Megan Conway ’06 of North Caldwell, N.J., and EPI interns Melissa Spitz ’06 (Livingston, N.J.) and Caitlin Chandler ’06 (Durham, N.H.), worked with Holton on the exhibit, which features his prints and the works of 12 other African American artists who reside in Pennsylvania. The students assisted Holton in producing his prints and gathered material on other artists for the exhibit brochure. Spitz and Chandler are also assisting with the installation of the show.

Holton and the exhibit will be featured on the weekly newsmagazine show TEMPO! on Lehigh Valley PBS. The program will air at 8 p.m. today, and will be rebroadcast at 9 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday. It will be available to view on the Lehigh Valley PBS website ( after it airs.

Featured artists include Lafayette alumnus Berrisford Boothe ’83, associate professor in the department of art and architecture at Lehigh University, and Barbara Bullock, Moe Brooker, John Dowell, Walter Edmonds, Allan Edmunds, Martina Johnson-Allen, Paul Keene, Mary Martin, Ayana Moor, James Rose, Jr., and Richard Watson.

While all the artists’ works represent a dedication to a philosophy of creative invention, they “interpret the influences from the past in very different ways and assert distinctive creative voices,” says Holton. “These voices, when brought into concert with each other for this exhibition, produce a harmony of color.”

Special events in connection with the exhibition – all held at the Banana Factory and free to the public – include:

— Panel discussion led by Holton 4-5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30, followed by a performance by We Who Be, a group of theater professionals assembled to motivate through poetry and song

— Reception for the artists 6-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6

— Lecture on the exhibition by Holton 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13, and Friday, Feb. 20


Maya Freelon ’05 fulfilled a variety of responsibilities as an EXCEL Scholar working with Curlee Raven Holton, professor of art and director of the Experimental Printmaking Institute.

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