HBCUs: Creating Power through Education

By: Synthia SAINT JAMES

City Gallery

On view August 23 through October 6

Acclaimed artist Synthia SAINT JAMES—a Trumpet Award, Coretta Scott King Award, and HistoryMaker Award winner, as well as Honorary Doctorate of Saint Augustine’s University, and the creator of the very first United States Postal Service stamp Kwanzaa Commemorative Stamp in 1997—presents her first 12 commissioned Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) paintings created the past eight years (2011-2019). The California-born, self taught artist draws inspiration from her African American, Native American, Haitian and German Jewish in her brightly colored paintings. In HBCUs: Creating Power Through Education, she celebrates the institutes of higher learning, their historic anniversaries, and their inaugurations of presidents.

City Gallery provides access to the visual arts for everyone in Charleston, visitors and residents alike, by offering exhibits that are all admission-free. City Gallery is located at 34 Prioleau St. in downtown Charleston, and gallery hours of operation are 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday as well as 12 p.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The gallery will be closed July 4. For more information and holiday closures, visit www.charleston-sc.gov/citygallery or call 843-958-6484.


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