FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Celebrating Black History Month in the ArtZone at the Hunterdon Art Museum
February 5, 2012 (Clinton, NJ) -- For the month of February, the Hunterdon Art Museum will celebrate Black History Month in the ArtZone. The ArtZone is a permanent space on the first floor of the Museum dedicated to encouraging children to learn about art through reading, craft making and other projects.
The Museum’s Education Department routinely creates new projects for visitors to the ArtZone to complete independently and at their own pace. For Black History Month, two projects will be featured, as well as a visual “quilt” display of some of the most well-known African-American contemporary artists.
The first of two self-guided craft projects is based on the work of artist Faith Ringgold. Ringgold is best known for her story quilts, in which she combines painting, storytelling and quilting. Visitors will select a story from a favorite book (or one of their own) to illustrate, then draw a scene on paper. Then they can glue their drawing to a piece of felt, and create a quilted border with fabric, to add color, texture, and pattern.
In addition, visitors will have the opportunity to create a collage based on the work of Romare Bearden. Artist Romare Bearden is well known for his relationship to jazz and blues music, as well as his colorful mixed media collages that evoke rhythm, balance, and movement. In this project, ArtZone visitors will layer fabric and paper to create a collage of their own. They can use a favorite song as inspiration.
The Museum has put together a visual quilt of images by the well known African-American artists: Kara Walker, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Jacob Lawrence, James Van Der Zee, Betye Saar, Edmonia Lewis, Faith Ringgold and Romare Bearden. Young art enthusiasts can use this quilt as a starting off point in order to better understand the impact these artists made through their work.
GENERAL INFORMATION FOR THE PUBLIC
The Museum is located at 7 Lower Center Street, Clinton, New Jersey, 08809. Our website is www.hunterdonartmuseum.org and our telephone number is 908-735-8415. Hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 11am - 5pm and suggested admission is $5. The ArtZone is open during Museum hours, and admission to the ArtZone is included in Museum admission.
ABOUT THE HUNTERDON ART MUSEUM
The Hunterdon Art Museum presents changing exhibitions of contemporary art and design in a nineteenth century stone mill that is on the National Register of Historic Places. In this unique setting, the Museum, a landmark regional art center since 1952, shows work by established and emerging contemporary artists and offers a dynamic schedule of art classes and workshops for children and adults.
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Contemporary art, craft and design in a 19th century building on the banks of the Raritan River in Clinton, NJ.