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Gretchen Johnson

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Black History Month Exhibit

"Believe" Exhibition Highlights Six Artists

Teaneck, NJ (January 16, 2002) — As part of Black History Month, Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Edward Williams Gallery presents the work of six African-American artists. The exhibit, "Believe" is an opportunity to focus on our history and our future as a multicultural, multiracial society.

The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, opens January 28 and runs through February 22 in Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Edward Williams Gallery on the Hackensack Campus.

Curated by UFA Gallery in New York City, "Believe" offers the work of Francks Francois Deceus, a Brooklyn native by way of Haiti, who creates paintings with a strong social sense. Also represented is Lawrence Finney, a magic realist painter who uses robust mannerist figures. Artist Laura James paints Biblical and contemporary themes using iconography found in Ethiopian and Christian art.

Teri Richardson, a graduate of Cooper Union who is Choctaw Indian and African-American, does explore some personal issues regarding her ethnic origins. "But," she says, "I do not define myself by gender or ethnicity — I simply make art."

Abstract-expressionist painter Danny Simmons uses a vibrant palette and energetic brushwork. His intricately constructed compositions often remind viewers of the power of Picasso and the sensuality of Miro.

Dianne Smith creates expressive abstractions, which challenge the viewer to see and consider pure color, form and shape.

Curator Carol Sims, director of UFA Gallery, says, "We believe that the collective experience of the diaspora expressed through artists of color can make for art that is viable and relevant for all Americans."

Fairleigh Dickinson gallery hours are 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Monday-Friday and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday. The gallery is at 150 Kotte Place, Hackensack, in the Edward Williams Building. For further information, call 201 692 2449.

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