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[GA] The Hewitt Collection of AfriAm Art
The Hewitt Collection of African-American Art Opens Free July 15 at Georgia Tech’s Ferst Center for the Arts
Atlanta, May 11, 2005 – Georgia Tech’s Ferst Center for the Arts, in collaboration with the National Black Arts Festival, will open “Celebration and Vision: The Hewitt Collection of African-American Art” on July 15, 2005.
Presented by Bank of America, the exhibition consists of 55 two-dimensional works of art by 20 artists and will open to the public from July 15 through September 30, 2005. The Hewitt Collection is regarded as one of the most significant collections of African-American art of the 20th century. Bank of America purchased the Hewitt Collection in 1998 from John and Vivian Hewitt.
“We are honored to have the Hewitt Collection visit the Ferst Center this summer,” said Jay Constantz, Director of the Ferst Center for the Arts. “The exhibit is one of the most spectacular collections of African-American art in existence and Georgia Tech is pleased to be able to share it with the community.”
Among the works on exhibit will be The Card Players by Hale Woodruff, Head of a Woman by Elizabeth Catlett, Morning Ritual by Romare Bearden, Woman in a Blue Coat by Ernest Crichlow, and Easter by Jonathan Green.
“The Hewitt Collection is sure to be appreciated by all art and culture enthusiasts in the metro Atlanta area,” said Eugene J. Godbold, President of Bank of America Georgia. “African-American art at its best will be on display.”
Celebration and Vision: The Hewitt Collection of African-American Art will be on display Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 6 p.m. The exhibit will be closed on Mondays. Admission is free. For directions to Georgia Tech’s Ferst Center for the Arts or for more information, visit www.ferstcenter.org or call 404-894-9600. For guided tours for school groups or groups of 15 or more, call 404-894-2787.
The exhibit will open in conjunction with the National Black Arts Festival, and will be a stop on the Festival’s popular “Gallery Crawl” on Saturday, July 16, and Saturday, July 23. For more information on the National Black Arts Festival, visit www.nbaf.org.