Thursday, March 21, 2013

Art News To Muse

"To Relax or Not To Relax" part of SWAN at the Dayton Metro Library Gallery- February 17-March 30, 2013.
It's been a long time, but there's a score of exciting news to report!!
One of my drawings from the Roy Lichtenstein Appropriation Series, Soapy Hair Stories is being displayed at the Dayton Metro Library in the Support Women Artists Now (SWAN) Exhibit and the Big Event that includes writers, performance artists, and poetry reading is March 30- International Woman's Day.
I have recently accepted the cordial invitation to join the exciting feminist film/TV/media Bitch Flicks blog as a weekly contributing writer starting next month (whoo hoo! such a kudos). So expect Fridays to be put on reading blast of the lady centric point of view variety! ;)
I'm really excited to also announce that there's another social media night at the Dayton Art Institute tomorrow from 5:30PM-8:00PM. The next upcoming blog post will summarize "Storm, Watershed, and Riverbank," photographs and paintings commemorating the 100th anniversary of the 1913 Dayton flood as well as shed highlights on newly constructed museum store and restaurant!

A storm painting by April Gornik at the Dayton Art Institute.
Afro Vegan Chick is doing incredibly well. In fact, it was included in a little compiled list by Ms. Magazine on their article on Feminist Foodies. Read all the biographies from the ladies breaking the mold of food politics here. A friend suggested that my blog may turn into a glamorous cutesy recipe book with stories, anecdotes, drawings, food photography, and natural hair love, but alas everyone knows that The Yellow Trolley Chronicles has to be finished first. It's a baby that has been in my belly for way too long. One day it'll be completed. One day....
Anywho, I must take in all the Dayton sights before the end and there is a lot to write about. Amazing art in the city (including two beautiful James Pate led murals at Belmont High School), my own personal investigations into figure design, and the other terrific challenges coming my way.
The biggest change is the eventual fall move to Philadelphia to study at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, a prestigious institution that has graced one of my favorite painters- Henry Ossawa Tanner, the first African American student ever to attend. I have been accepted into the post baccalaureate program which is a 9 month intensive learning experience that builds a deeper, more enriched portfolio for the MFA degree which is my next step. So far, I have acquired a much appreciative $4,000 merit scholarship and continue to search for more grant monies seeing as PB is not necessarily as easy to reward as an undergraduate or graduate education. Still my excitement isn't tarnished and it's such a wonderful opportunity for artistic growth and nourishment in a great, bustling city!
So yes, huge milestones are finally happening and I couldn't be any more thrilled right now.

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