"Transformations: A Visual Ode to Black History in America"

Madison, NJ – February 1, 2010 – The public is invited to view "Transformations: A Visual Ode to Black History in America," the work of artist Tracy Mac, in the Library on Fairleigh Dickinson University’s College at Florham, 285 Madison Avenue, Madison, N.J. The community is invited to hear the artist discuss his work and subjects on Friday, February 12, between 2 – 4 p.m.

In this new body of work, New Jersey artist Tracy Mac colorfully celebrates the plentiful personalities and diverse richness of the African American community.  From his multitudinous portrait of Frederick Douglas entitled “Fred Mine ” to his 8’-wide tour-de-force “AA Montage” mixing twenty-three people from Martin Luther King to George Clinton, to his whimsical “Ya Dang Skippy” variations on a Skippy peanut butter jar, Mac presents a unique, modern style. 

“These exciting and colorful works are brimming with details and geometric textures,” says Eleanor Friedl, librarian and curator. “The mystical ‘Oprah Sees,’ ‘Pharaoh in the Hood’ based on Snoop Dogg, and ‘Green Michelle’ remind us of the powerful international cultural imprint and ongoing influence of the African American world.”

A selection of books by black authors, on loan from Yolanda Hawkins-Rodgers, associate professor of psychology and counseling, will be available for viewing during the month.

The exhibit opens on Tuesday, February 1, 2010 and continues until Friday, February 28, 2010. FDU’s library hours are Monday to Thursday, 8:30 a.m. - 11 p.m., Friday, 8:30 - 5 p.m., Saturday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday, 2 - 10 p.m. The exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information call 973-443-8516.


For Immediate Release


FDU Public Relations
   (Metropolitan Campus Office)
Fairleigh Dickinson University
1000 River Road
Teaneck, NJ 07666

Dina Schipper
Director, University Public Relations

Melissa Payton

FDU Public Relations
   (College at Florham Office)
Fairleigh Dickinson University
285 Madison Avenue
Madison, NJ 07940

Scott Giglio
Assistant Director, Public Relations

Lillian Lukac