EMCVPA Final Year Exhibition showcases Excellence in Visual Arts

Every year during the first week of June, the EMCPVA opens its doors to the public to showcase the work of its final year students from the School of Visual Arts. The 2017 exhibition features forty-six artists and art educators, representing nine departments – Painting, Sculpture, Textiles and Fibre Arts, Ceramics, Visual Communication (Illustration and Graphic Design), Photography, Printing making, Jewellery and Art Education.

Some of the works challenge the tenets of religious indoctrination while satirizing the consumerist element of Jamaican society. Principal, Dr. Nicholeen DeGrasse – Johnson proudly shares that the exhibition reflects the quality of the students, faculty, and administration as the EMCVPA works towards achieving institutional and national goals as part of the college’s 2015-2020 Strategic Plan. This year’s presentation echoes a preoccupation with themes that capture the spirit and events of the times, of our cultural preservation, and issues of violence against women, cultural assimilation, and perception of beauty.”

The exhibition opened on Saturday, June 3 with over three hundred persons in attendance and remains open to the public until June 23, Mondays to Saturdays from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm. 2016 marked the start of a significant milestone in the college’s history. It marks 40 years since the amalgamation of the schools of visual and performing arts which prior to 1976 were operated autonomously. The final year exhibition is a part of a series of celebratory activities which commenced October 9, 2016, to culminate with the Rex Nettleford Arts Conference October 2017. A leading voice in regional arts and culture EMCVPA continues to offer world class education in the arts. Its’ strength is embedded in a rich tradition of passion for the arts and selfless service to people. We celebrate 40 years under the theme: Inspiring Creativity, Impacting Lives.

The Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts has been through several stages in its evolution. The four Schools—Drama, Music, Dance, and Visual Arts—started out at different locations in Kingston. Two of the Schools, namely the School of Art and the School of Music, are historic because of their establishment in 1951 and 1961 respectively, before the island gained its independence from Britain in 1962.

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