For Immediate Release

October 22nd, 2013


Contact: John Kelly, 917-745-7554


York College Hosts Exhibit of Renowned Artist and Distinguished Lecturer Margaret Rose Vendryes


The Fine Arts Gallery at York College will host an art exhibit by the acclaimed artist, Dr. Margaret Rose Vendryes, set to open on October 24th. The exhibit, entitled “33 1/3: Side Two – The Africa Diva Project Continues,” 
will be on display from October 24th to December 2nd and will include an artist’s talk by Vendryes on Thursday, November 14th geared towards the York student population.


Dr. Vendryes, a tenured professor at York College from 2000-2007, was named as a Distinguished Lecturer in Fine Arts and Director of the Fine Arts Gallery at York College earlier this year.


“Having spent so many years guiding the education of York’s students, I am proud to return to the college and to share my passion with the community,” Dr. Vendryes said.


Dr. Marcia Keizs, President of York College, praised the exhibit and Professor Vendryes for encouraging an important discussion of the visual arts.


“We are thrilled to welcome Margaret back to York, and to celebrate her talents and vision,” said Dr. Marcia Keizs, President of York College. “Her exhibit is sure to spark a lively conversation on the multiethnic legacy of American visual art.”


Previously, Dr. Vendryes’ works have been on display at the Gelabert Studios Gallery in New York, Art Basel in Miami Beach, Mills Gallery at the Boston Center for the Arts, Danforth Museum of Art in Massachusetts, 808 Gallery at Boston University, Center for the Arts Freedman Gallery at Albright College, and Slater Concourse Gallery at Tufts University.


“33 1/3: Side Two – The Africa Diva Project Continues” represents a portion of an ongoing series, and portrays the ancestral roots of African-American female cultural icons from pop artist Beyoncé to opera impresario Jessye Norman.


Vendryes, a leading scholar of race, religion, and American visual culture, taught at Princeton University and Amherst College before entering the faculty at York College and the Graduate Center of City University of New York as Associate Professor of Art History in 2000. In 2007, she turned to painting and began creating The African Diva Project, expanding upon her formal training in art history. In her current capacity at York, she will lead courses on Curatorial Practices and Gallery Management, Contemporary Art, African Art, and African-American Art,


The exhibit will be unveiled at an invitation-only reception sponsored by President Keizs in York’s Fine Arts Gallery on evening of October 24th accompanied by a performance from The York College Creative Ensemble featuring guest vocalists.



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