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East End Gallery hosts Harold Winslow Exhibition from Mexico

A traveling art exhibit by Harold Winslow, Una Vision de la Mexicanidad, will be on display at Somerset Community College Somerset Campus from October 3 through October 21. The exhibit will be in the East End Gallery, located in Stoner Hall.

There will also be an opening reception on Monday, October 3 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. The public is invited and admission is free.

Winslow was an African-American painter born in Dayton, Ohio in 1918. In 1940, frustrated by his limited opportunities to develop as an artist in the United States, he traveled to Mexico, drawn by the work of muralists Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros and Jose Clemente Orozco. In Mexico City, he enrolled in the prestigious Academy of San Carlos, where he became friends with artists who would one day be amongst Mexico's most famous.

Winslow spent the rest of his life in Mexico, working on projects as varied as illustrating the Treatise of Human Anatomy (1940), painting watercolors (he won a national watercolor competition in 1942), and painting murals (for example, the 1945 mural entitled The Holocaust, which can still be viewed in a private residence in Mexico City). He became a Mexican citizen in 1951, and continued to produce art and mount exhibitions until his death in Mexico City in August, 2001.

Bringing the exhibit to SCC was made possible by the Kentucky Institute for International Studies, SCC Art Department, East End Gallery Student Council, and SCC Office of Professional and Organizational Development.

For more information about the exhibit, contact Darlene Libbey, Associate Professor of Art, at 606-451-6811 or darlene.libbey@kctcs.edu.

Somerset Community College is a comprehensive two-year institution of higher education. SCC has campuses in Somerset and London, and centers in Clinton, McCreary, Casey, and Russell Counties. For admission or program information call toll free (877) 629-9722 or visit the website at somerset.kctcs.edu.