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An exhibit of works by Philadelphia artist James Rose opens today at the Portlock Black Cultural Center, 101 McCartney Street, as part of the College’s celebration of Black History Month next month. The show will run through Feb. 26.

He will give a brown bag talk at the center 12:15-1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 3. The event is free and open to the public.

“Rose uses self-portraits and his own body as subject matter to present a critique of race and identity,” says Curlee Raven Holton, professor of art and director of Lafayette’s Experimental Printmaking Institute. “His unusual sense of spirituality and use of light has brought him much attention. Rose’s work represents the potential that is always present with artists as author and subject at the same time.”

Rose has taught drawing and lithography at Kutztown University since 1992. He earned an M.F.A. in printmaking from Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia and a B.F.A. in painting and printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va. His works have been exhibited regionally and nationally. His art was part of the exhibit Lasting Impressions: an exhibition of fine prints from the Experimental Printmaking Institute during the National Black Arts Festival at the Center Space Gallery, Woodruff Arts Center/High Museum in Atlanta. His work is in the collections of Philadelphia Museum of Art, the African-American Historical and Cultural Museum, Philadelphia, and the Allentown Art Museum.

Rose has received many honors for his work, including the Camille Cosby Hanks Award, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. He is the recipient of a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts “Works on Paper” grant.

This exhibit was organized by the Office of Intercultural Development in conjunction with the College’s celebration of Black History Month. For more information, call the Black Cultural Center at x5819. The gallery is open weekdays from 9 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m.

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