The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Thursday, April 26, 2018

Collection reveals the culture and identity of African Americans through art
Randy Hayes, Bayou near Benoit/

WASHINGTON, DC.- An exhibition honoring the lives and traditions of African Americans opened August 16 at Howard University Gallery of Art. Reflections: African American Life from the Myrna Colley-Lee Collection offers insight into the culture and experiences of African Americans, highlighting their Southern roots, traditions and migratory history. Featuring American art from the 20th century to the present, and consisting of more than 50 paintings, works on paper, photographs, and fabric works, the pieces in the exhibition come from the collection of renowned costume designer and arts patron, Myrna Colley-Lee.

International Arts & Artists, a nonprofit arts service organization in Washington, D.C., partnered with the office of Myrna Colley-Lee to organize Reflections and its tour. The exhibition was co-curated by René Paul Barilleaux, chief curator and curator of art after 1945 at the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, Texas; and Susan Lloyd McClamroch, an independent curator. The imagery in Reflections—including figurative and landscape works, with emphasis on narrative— illustrates a story of heritage, community and place, with each creation revealing a portion of the inspiring story of the African diaspora. The exhibition conveys the transformative journey and quiet wisdom of a strong and spiritual people.

Beginning in the 1960s and continuing to design for regional theatres today, Colley-Lee is credited as one of the foremost costume designers in the Black Theatre Movement. She is a leading advocate for the arts, an arts patron, and a professional artist. She has developed her collection from a wide range of sources, compiling works from around the world—from U.S. art galleries to remote villages. This exhibition offers an exceptional opportunity for viewers to admire Colley-Lee’s collection and inspiration from 1927 to 2012.

Having debuted in March at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts in Michigan, Reflections then traveled to Howard University Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., where it is currently on display and open to the public through October 25. From Howard, it will continue to the Alexandria Museum of Art, Louisiana; Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, Laurel, Mississippi; and the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Alabama. Reflections is available to travel to additional venues during the summer of 2014 and the summer and fall of 2015.

Colley-Lee is the recipient of the Doctor of Creative Arts (honoris causa) from Mississippi State University, and a M.F.A. in Scenic and Costume Design from Temple University. She studied scene painting and properties at Brooklyn College, and completed her B.F.A. in Art Education at the Women’s College of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

International Arts & Artists in Washington, DC, is a non-profit arts service organization dedicated to increasing cross-cultural understanding and exposure to the arts internationally through exhibitions, programs and services to artists, arts institutions and the public. Visit

Today's News

August 20, 2013

Portraits by one of photography's early masters on display at the Metropolitan Museum

Remarkable wall painting by Pre-Raphaelite artists is uncovered at home of William Morris

Detroit Institute of Arts announces it will not object to Detroit's bankruptcy filing

Museum of the City of New York unveils Making Room: New Models for Housing New Yorkers

Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education represents a new chapter for Shelburne Museum

Expected to fetch a record-breaking $19 million, rare blue diamond to be auctioned in Hong Kong

United States artist Gregory Kloehn turns dumpster into a home in Brooklyn

School of Visual Arts exhibition considers the Symbolist revival in Contemporary painting

Collection reveals the culture and identity of African Americans through art

Whitechapel Gallery announces events and exhibitors for The London Art Book Fair 2013

Last call to see the Biennial of the Americas 2013: Draft Urbanism in Denver

Cologne's urban art festival CityLeaks 2013 to open with a wide array of international stars

Mallett increases profits as the U.S. market for art and antiques strengthens

Danish artists converge in TriBeCa for the launch of Nordic artwork

Prominent art professionals to select grant winners for Clark Hulings Fund

Neue Berliner Räume announces Robert Montgomery's installations on Tempelhofer Freiheit extended

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts highlights the paintings of Michigan native Catherine Hinkle

Panoramic photograph that measures 56-metres on view at the DLI Museum and Durham Art Gallery

Historic paintings of kangaroo and dingo rightfully belong in Australia's national art collection

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- Boy and an amateur archaeologist unearth legendary Danish king's trove in Germany

2.- Exhibition at The Met illustrates what visitors encountered at The palace of Versailles

3.- Philadelphia Museum of Art opens "Modern Times: American Art 1910-1950"

4.- Exhibition at Michael Hoppen Gallery presents a cross-section of works from Thomas Mailaender's career

5.- New York's Chelsea Hotel celebrity door auction raises $400,000

6.- Stevie Ray Vaughan's first guitar drives Entertainment & Music Memorabilia Auction to nearly $2.9 million

7.- Lichtenstein's Nude with Blue Hair tops $2.4 million sale of Modern & Contemporary Prints & Multiples

8.- $6.7 million Fancy Intense Blue Diamond sets auction record at Sotheby's New York

9.- Mexico court blocks sales of controversial Frida Kahlo Barbie doll

10.- Dutch museums to conduct new research on the paintings of Pieter de Hooch

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful