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Accomplished artists representing the visual arts and music will visit Lafayette this month for the Temple Performing and Visual Arts Festival.

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Artist Robin Holder will meet with art students and faculty and produce a limited-edition print in the Experimental Printmaking Institute, while Ysaye Barnwell of Sweet Honey in the Rock will work with members of the College Choir. Holder will give a lecture on her work and influences 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16 in Williams Center for the Arts room 108, followed by a public reception in the lobby featuring a performance of Barnwell’s We Are by Barnwell and the choir under the direction on Nina Gilbert.

The artists’ visits are sponsored by the David L. Sr. and Helen J. Temple Visiting Lecture Series Fund, established by Riley K. Temple ’71, which supports the work of artists, curators, and art historians. They are coordinated by EPI, directed by Curlee Holton, professor and head of art. Recent participants in the program have included sculptor Melvin Edwards and artist Emma Amos.

Holder’s work strives to make viewers acknowledge people from backgrounds very different from their own. She attended High School of Music and Art in New York City, Art Students League of New York, and Werkgroep Uit Het Amsterdam Grafisch Atelier in Amsterdam. She has received numerous grants and awards and site-specific commissions. Her work has been exhibited throughout the country and is part of several public art collections.

Holder has extensive teaching experience and has received a number of arts-in-education residencies. Sesame Street highlighted her El Museo del Barrio arts project. She is featured in a cultural commercial for television produced by New York Foundation for the Arts and has worked with the Printmaking Workshop, New York State Council for the Arts, Studio in a School, Children’s Museum of Manhattan, and Pratt Institute.

Since 1979, Barnwell has performed with the internationally acclaimed a cappella group Sweet Honey in the Rock. The group has delivered messages of love, liberation, struggle, and social responsibility. Barnwell spends much of her time off stage as a master teacher and clinician in cultural performance theory and voice production.

For more information, contact EPI at (610) 330-5592.

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