'The Dream' Celebrates Black History Month at Hudgens Center

Gwinnett.Patch.com, January 23, 2013

Three exhibits that opened Jan. 22 celebrate Black History Month. The exhibits will remain up through March 9.

The Hudgens Center for the Arts in Duluth is celebrating Black History Month with three exhibits that opened Tuesday, Jan. 22. Sponsored by The Primerica Foundation, the exhibits will remain on display through March 9.

“The Dream: Five Black Artists, Five Voices” features five Atlanta-based artists Paul S. Benjamin, Jerushia Graham, Henry Leonard, Lynn Marshall-Linnemeir and Nnamdi Okonkwo. Their works include prints, sculptures, collage and fibers.

“We are thrilled to be able to present five such accomplished artists this spring,” stated Angela Nichols, Programming and Education Director at the Hudgens, in a press release announcing the exhibit. “Each artist has such a distinct visual ‘voice’ stemming from their own experiences, cultures and interests, and we think this exhibit exemplifies in a small way how very diverse contemporary black artists are in Georgia.”

The Hudgens also will present two complementary exhibits during the same time frame:

  • Nine Ben Shahn prints are featured in “Reflections from 1965: The Civil Rights Movement” in the Kistner Atrium. This portfolio of fine art prints was created by Shahn for the Lawyers Constitutional Defense Committee of the American Civil Liberties Union in 1965.
  • Another exhibition titled “The Atlanta Collage Society: SHARED VISIONS” is displayed in the Georgia Gallery. This exhibit showcases works by Atlanta Collage Society members created around the theme of diversity.

A reception for the new exhibits and the artists represented in them is scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26. The reception is free and open to the public.
There will also be several programs at The Hudgens in February that relate to the exhibits, including a Free Family Day Feb. 9, “An Evening with the Artist, Larry Walker” Feb. 21, and a series of Artist Gallery Talks Feb. 23. 

The Hudgens Center for the Arts is located at 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Bldg. 300, in Duluth, in the Gwinnett Center complex. For more information about art exhibits, events and classes at the Hudgens, visit the website at www.thehudgens.org or call 770-623-6002.

Primerica's global headquarters is located in Duluth.