School of Visual Arts Faculty Exhibition opens with “Intent”

March 07, 2018: As Founders’ Week continues to unfold, the School of Visual Arts Faculty Exhibition opened at 6:00 pm on Tuesday March 6, 2018 with a story told by College Orator and respected storyteller Dr. Amina Blackwood Meeks. In her address, Blackwood Meeks shared that “sometimes artists do what they do knowing, that even as they express themselves, the benefit is for others. Their purpose is to commit to canvas or whatever media they employ, ideas about issues that move them politically, spiritually or philosophically. In the process they also create a sense of beauty, to explore the nature of perception, step on a few sensibilities…And when all of that is done, it matters not what you (the artist) intended.”

Whatever was their intention, visitors to the CAG[e] Gallery will have an opportunity to bring their own meaning to the works on display, interrogate norms and disrupt the narrative with the creations on showcase. As stated in the Curatorial Message, “the works on display speak to both social and personal themes, juxtaposes the traditional alongside the contemporary, which has spawned the emergence of new concepts. The exhibition feature works from – Stefan Clarke, Lewis Granger, Prudence Lovell, Godfrey Makonzie, Miriam Smith, Corey Breneisen, Israel Delmonte, Katrina Coombs, Katie Dieter, Raymond Watson, Margaret Stanley, Omari Ra, Camille Chedda, Paula Daley, Darien Robertson and Jeffery Menzies.

The exhibition will remain opened until March 20, 2018 and is free to the public Mondays to Fridays from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. Founders Week celebrations continue until Friday with a focus on “research in the arts” today Wednesday March 7 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.

The College joins the international community in celebrating International Women’s day on Thursday March 08 with ‘Electric Boogie’- a session celebrating women in the arts from 12 noon to 2 p.m. It will be followed by the Gender and Development Lecture at 6 p.m. in the Vera Moody Concert Hall. Professor Opal Palmer Adisa, University Director at Institute for Gender and Development Studies Regional Coordinating Office, University of the West Indies will bring the keynote address under the theme – ‘The Work is not Neutered: The Vaginal on Penile Gaze in Art’

For more information on Founders Week visit the College Blog at, call us at 920-4633 and connect with us on social #foundersweek.

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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