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The National Alliance of Artists is proud of the ongoing accomplishments of its artists. A few of the recent activities include the following:

Dr. Clarence Talley, Sr., Prairie View A & M University professor presented “A view of Africa” in conjunction with FOTOFEST 2008-12th International Biennial Month of Photography, March 7-April 20, 2008. Works depicts life in Ghana and Tanzania. Talley also authored a new book titled: African Art Supplement to accompany African-American Art by Sharon F. Patton.

Barbara Nesin, Art Professor at Spelman College opened her exhibition entitled “Allegories: The LWA As Mediators” at the Wilmer Jennings Gallery at Kenkeleba in New York, New York. The show ran from November 7-December 29, 2007.

Ed Hamilton, Sculptor from Louisville, Ky., is featured in the Spring 2008 issue of American Legacy Magazine. This publication is still on the news stand and has excellent illustrations of his current work.

Ann “Sole Sister” Johnson passed her final review on her MFA I Printmaking from the Academy of Art in Texas. In addition, she held a one person exhibit at The Shrine of The Black Madonna Cultural Center: “A View of Africa.” The work was part of the collaborative trip that she took with Dr. Talley to Africa. Johnson is also featured in the Feb. issue of School Arts Magazine.

Anita Knox textiles was recently featured at the William T. Kemper Art Gallery at Kansas State University Student Building in Wichita, Kansas.

Dr. Leo F. Twiggs of Orangeburg, SC. was honored by The South Carolina Arts Alliance with the Prestigious “Scottie” Award. There was a Gala Buffet Reception including champagne and wine for the Internationally recognized artist, arts educator, arts administrator and advocate.

Vandorn Hinnant, Greensboro, NC. began teaching experimental printmaking class at Duke University in the Continuing Education Department entitled: An Encounter With Beauty. He states “The techniques, which I have been pioneering now for some fifteen years or more combine the drawing of geometric grids with stamps derived from vegetation found in nature. The geometric grid works as a foundation for the application of images printed on top of this grid. This is the second semester that I am conducting this class at Duke.”

Dr. Lee A. Ransaw, received a $10,000 commission to paint a series of portraits of former Deans at Clark Atlanta University’s School of Social Work. At the Nov, 2007 unveiling, there were more than 200 alums, administrators and friends in attendance. In November, Lee was a Bornblum Lecturer at LeMoyne Owen College in Memphis, Tennessee and a Lecturer at Fort Valley State University.

Marvette Pratt Aldrich, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, was the featured artist at the 17th Annual Founding Members Invitational Exhibition at The African American Antelier Gallery which opened this past January 13th. The show ran through February 29 in Greensboro, NC.

Robert Carter, Professor at Nassau Community College in New York, was inducted as a legend into the Hall of Fame at Central High School in Louisville, Ky. The induction ceremony was held on February 24th, 2008.

Ricky Calloway, professor of art at Ft. Valley State University, recently held a one-man exhibit at Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina. The exhibit is entitled “Reflections.” The work will be on display from February 8 through March 14, 2008. The opening reception was a tremendous success.

Dr. Peggy Blood, Professor at Savannah State University, will travel to Nigeria this May for one month to develop a web base course with The University of Lagos and Imo University. The purpose of the partnership course is to improve and broaden student’s knowledge of each others culture and art. Dr. Peggy Blood will travel to Liberia and Nigeria in early November 2009. The Liberia Embassy American Aboard Program will sponsor a trip for Blood to lecture and hold workshops on her style of painting in Morovia. Dr. Blood also visited Ife's Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria as a consultant on Web Ct courses. She will go  on one year sabbatical doing visual  research on the Beauty of Women across the globe . She will execute approximately 15 - 20  paintings from her travels.

Johnnie Mae Maberry Gilbert, Director of the Tougaloo Colony in Mississippi, is quoted in the February 2008 issue of Ebony Magazine, talking about Collections and Conservation. Pick up this issue.

Tewodross "Teo" Melchishua, Associate Professor and Program Coordinator of the Visual Communication & Digital Media Arts (VCDMA) program at Bowie State University, was an exhibiting Filmmaker, FLIK International Movie Festival & Interactive Art Exhibition, Art Whino, The National Harbor, National Harbor, MD (2008). He also served as Lecturer/Panelist, at The 2008 National Organization of Minority Architects Annual Conference, EVOLVE: Expanding Our Horizons, Washington, DC; Topic: “No Community Left Behind” - The Education, Design, Technology and Access for Students of Color, and served as a featured panelist on Technology of the Future in Education: Wiki text-blogging on film? (part of SchoolDocs), The SilverDocs Film Festival, The American Film Institute, The AFI Silver Theatre. He served as curator and featured artist, part of a group exhibition, M3: MC’s, MICS and Metaphors Exhibition (hip-hop and urban art). This show also featured fellow NAAHBCU members Jeff McCauley, Hasaan Kirkland, and Ann Johnson, and opened in summer 2009 at The Flashpoint Gallery, and again in 2011 at Busboys and Poets in Washington, DC. Learn more.

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