Black History art show features work from diverse student body

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Platt College San Diego School of Multimedia Design is proud to present its annual Black History art exhibition featuring 20 works of graphic design, fine art, water color, and photography created by students of the 30-year-old San Diego institution of higher learning.

The exhibition opened today and will be held at the Lemon Grove Public Library, located at 3001 School Lane, through March 31 and is free to the public during regular library hours.

Platt College San Diego School of Multimedia Design is proud to present its annual Black History art exhibition featuring 20 works of graphic design, fine art, water color, and photography created by students of the 30-year-old San Diego institution of higher learning.

The exhibition opened today and will be held at the Lemon Grove Public Library, located at 3001 School Lane, through March 31 and is free to the public during regular library hours.

“There are several reasons this exhibition is so important,” says President Meg Leiker. “We pride ourselves on having a diverse student population and honoring the rich cultural history each student brings to the college. There is a great deal we can learn from each other by sharing our values and history with one another.” She adds, “Participating in an art exhibition like this allows students to gain valuable and practical experience which they can apply to their careers after they graduate.” She says students are held to professional standards and this accountability helps make them even more job-ready. “We are a career college and as such we are committed to ensuring that all students have opportunities to engage in activities that will prepare them for jobs in their respective fields.”

Show curator Nicole Lewis, an instructor at Platt College, says she is impressed with the artwork students created but is even more pleased with the high level of participation in the show. “We know that all areas of life are richer when a broad spectrum of the population is engaged so I’m delighted to see that actualized in this vibrant and eclectic multimedia art show,” she says. “Students from every racial and ethnic background at our college were excited to celebrate Black History Month and it is truly heartwarming to see the strength and support they draw from each other.”

The show includes artistic representations of historic, political figures like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcom X; artists like Jean-Michel Basquiat, Jimi Hendrix, and Miles Davis; and many more. Lewis, who has also entered a self-portrait in the mix, says, “This show is one the most diverse exhibitions we have ever created from the artists themselves to the pieces they’ve created. Furthermore, while it is important for Black History Month to include slavery and civil rights issues, it is also critical that we explore and discuss the many contributions African-Americans have made to science, literature, art, music and more.”  She concludes, “It is only when examining the full scope of the contributions of African-American people that we can appreciate black life in America.”

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