Artist to give talk for opening of Civil Rights exhibition

Palmer paintingA gallery opening and talk by Atlanta-based artist Charly Palmer on Sept. 6 will help launch the season for Tyler Art Gallery.

Palmer will speak at 6 p.m. in the gallery, immediately followed by the opening reception for his exhibition “Pride and Perseverance: Civil Rights Paintings by Charly Palmer.”

Through his paintings, Palmer presents a visual portrayal of events that are part of African-American history, in particular the Civil Rights movement. His paintings relate to issues raised in the Oswego Reading Initiative’s 2007 reading selection of “Bombingham” by Anthony Grooms for campus-wide reading.

Palmer attended the School of Chicago Art Institute and received a bachelor of fine arts degree from the American Academy of Art in Chicago. He received the commission for the 1996 and 1998 Olympic posters.

His work appears in many galleries throughout the United States and in many personal collections, most notably those of Maynard Jackson, Andrew Young, Angela Bassett and John Witherspoon. Public locations such as Milwaukee City Hall, Miller Brewing Co., Coca-Cola and Pepsi display his work as well.

The exhibition is sponsored by SUNY Oswego’s Auxiliary Services and Student Association student art exhibition committee. The college’s Artswego program supports Palmer’s visit as part of its visiting artist program.

“Pride and Perseverance: Civil Rights Paintings by Charley Palmer” will run concurrently with “Shades of Clay: A Multicultural Look at Contemporary Art” through Oct. 21.

All Tyler Art Gallery events are free and open to the public. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. weekends. For additional information and for persons with disabilities needing assistance to visit the gallery, call 312-2113.

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(Posted: Aug 27, 2007)