MILESTONES IN AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY
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Lovie Olivia Art Exhibit
Matter of Myth 

Friday, February 5th • 12Noon
Black Cultural Center
Lunch Served

Matter of Myth is a series of fresco paintings that explore the history, practices, stories, daily rituals of TotemAfrican American Women.  I am interested in daily details of our lives that seem to be residual (matter) from the past and (future) and expressed through our domestic and public interactions. With this series of large portraits that utilize plaster, pigment, gold leaf in conversation with, marks, patterns and mythologies, I visually survey subtle and beautiful nuances of African American Women through a contemporary lens.

Lovie Olivia is a native Houstonian and a visual artist who employs painting, printmaking, and installation to create her works.  Although her past includes some formal artistic training, including graduating from Houston’s High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, she mostly relies on her independent studies of art, cultures, music, literature and history to influence her work. She has exhibited at, Jam Gallery – Brooklyn NY, Pillow – Brooklyn NY, 36 Steps Gallery – Pittsburgh PA, The Art League Houston, Darke Gallery, GalleryM2, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Project Row Lovie Houses, and the Arthello Beck Gallery in Dallas as well as Houston Museum of African American Culture and more.  Olivia’s work hangs in numerous private and public collections and her decorative interior and restorative painting applications can be found in many homes and businesses, throughout Houston.  In addition to her multifaceted approach to visual art, she enjoys teaching drawing at Art League and painting at High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. Olivia is also a recipient of an Individual Artist Grant Award 2009 and 2014 which is funded by the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance.

For information go to www.vanderbilt.edu/bcc or call 322-2524.

Lunch selections provided.