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Exhibition of Paintings by African American Artist J. Eugene Grigsby, Jr. To Open April 1

GrigsbyA4 Opening: Selected Works of J. Eugene Grigsby, Jr.
April 1, 2015
5 p.m.
Library of the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History
Free and open to the public
Information: Liza Terll, Friends of the Library, (919) 548-1203

Fourteen paintings by African American artist and educator J. Eugene Grigsby, Jr. will be on exhibit beginning April 1 in the library of UNC’s Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History.

Selected Works of J. Eugene Grigsby, Jr.: Returning to Where the Artistic Seed was Planted will be on view through June 30.

An opening reception will take place on April 1 at 5 pm. The reception and exhibition are free and open to the public. For event information, contact Liza Terll, Friends of the Library,, (919) 548-1203.

Grigsby was born in Greensboro, North Carolina, in 1918. He studied art throughout his life and collaborated with many prominent African American artists, including Hale Woodruff, Charles Alston, Jacob Lawrence, Romare Bearden, John Biggers, and Samella Lewis. He earned a Ph.D. in art from New York University in 1963 and was the author of Art and Ethnics: Background for Teaching Youth in a Pluralistic Society (1977). He lived, taught, and painted in Phoenix, Arizona, until his death in 2013.

Grigsby’s son, Dr. Marshall Grigsby, developed the current exhibition with the goal of showing it in his father’s home state of North Carolina. The paintings were most recently on view as part of a larger exhibition of the same name at the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Culture in Charlotte.

The selections for this showing are colorful and bold. They include themes of spirituality, humanity, family, and activism.

Also on view during the opening will be representative archival materials from the J. Eugene Grigsby, Jr. papers, which are part of the Southern Historical Collection in the Wilson Special Collections Library.

The exhibition and program are sponsored by the Southern Historical Collection.


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