In celebration of Black History Month, History Fort Lauderdale will present “60 Years of Black Art,” a fine art exhibition of works for show and sale from Dillard Center for the Arts’ Advanced Placement students, February 1-28. The exhibit, curated by instructor Celestin Joseph, represents historical and contemporary themes of equality from the perspective of students at the very school that was instrumental in overturning segregation laws in the City of Fort Lauderdale 51 years ago. The exhibit will be open to the public at the New River Inn building of History Fort Lauderdale and will be accessible as a digital experience on History Fort Lauderdale’s YouTube channel.
“Continuing with our tradition to inform and educate, History Fort Lauderdale is proud to present this annual showcase of fine art and African American youth insight from Dillard Center for the Arts’ students,” said Patricia Zeiler, executive director of History Fort Lauderdale. “Celestin Joseph is a cultural treasure and his efforts to enrich and enlighten our community through art and instruction are commendable. We invite the community to experience this exhibit both in-person and online, digitally.”
“60 Years of Black Art,” will feature a variety of styles and mediums reflecting African American culture, arts and entertainment, and the ongoing struggle for inclusion and acceptance. Featured pieces in the exhibition include works by students Angel Pena, Naima Cornelius, Lewis James, Jennifer Turner, and Tay Small.
Joseph received his master’s degree in fine arts in painting from the University of Pennsylvania. He received a bachelor’s degree in fine arts, cum laude, from the University of Hartford as a painting major, with an art history minor, and concentrations in printmaking and graphic design studies. Joseph also received a prestigious Yale/Norfolk Art and Music Scholarship to further his studies. Currently, he is teaching Advanced Placement studio art classes at his alma mater Dillard Center for the Arts where he has been strengthening the visual arts program since 1999.
“60 Years of Black Art,” is sponsored, in part by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward County Cultural Council and Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau.
History Fort Lauderdale is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with docent guided tours, daily, at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Group walking tours are available upon special request. Admission is $15 for adults; $12 for seniors; and $7 for students (through age 22 with a valid student ID). Admission is free for members, military, and children ages six and younger. Tickets are available online.
For more information about History Fort Lauderdale, please call (954) 463-4431 or click here.