Three public events for the Mosaic Project, featuring Christian Robinson’s storytelling with illustration and animation and Jamea Richmond-Edwards’s repertoire of portraits of black women drawn using ink and graphite, are planned during October 2015 at the Pennsylvania College of Art & Design, 204 N Prince Street, Lancaster:
- Artist Lecture by Jamea Richmond-Edwards, Friday, October 7, 10:00 a.m.
- Opening Reception with Mosaic Artist Jamea Richmond-Edwards, Friday, October 7, 5-9 p.m.
- Artist Lecture with Mosaic Artist Christian Robinson, Friday, October 28, 10 a.m.
In addition, the artwork will be on exhibit on First Friday, September 2, 5-9 p.m.
The 2016 Mosaic Project, a multicultural exhibition and educational program for students and families in Lancaster County held annually by Pennsylvania College of Art & Design.
Jamea Richmond-Edwards, of Detroit, MI, examines the complexities of her subjects through portraiture. Her work is largely autobiographical, inspired by the women in her family. Her figures are portrayed in regal poses, with eyes that possess alluring gazes and bodies that are adorned with rich tapestries of color and patterns made of sequins, rhinestones, paper and textiles. Richmond-Edwards’s work is online at http://www.jamearichmondedwards.com
Below: If You Look Closely You ill See God by Jamea Richmond-Edwards
Christian Robinson, of San Francisco, CA, tells stories with pictures, making a living as an illustrator and animator in San Francisco. He’s worked with Pixar Animation Studios, The Sesame Street Workshop and illustrated a number of award winning picture books including his most recent book, Last Stop on Market Street, which was named by New York Times as a top children’s book tackling race and diversity. The book is illustrated by Robinson and written by Matt de la Peña and was the Winner of the 2016 Newbery Medal, as well as a 2016 Caldecott Honor Book, a 2016 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book, a New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Book of 2015 and a Wall Street Journal Best Children's Book of 2015.
Robinson’s work is online at www.theartoffun.com .
Below: Last Stop on Market Street by Christian Robinson
The Mosaic Project, held annually at Pennsylvania College of Art & Design since 2009, is composed of two distinct, yet interconnected components: The Mosaic Project exhibition and educational programming for high school and junior high school students. Every year two nationally renowned artists are invited to participate in PCA&D’s Mosaic Project. These artists are selected for their commitment to creating high quality artwork, which explores themes of individual and cultural identity. Mosaic artists from previous years are listed at http://pcad.edu/gallery/the-mosaic-project.
The educational component of The Mosaic Projectis specifically for high school and middle school students. High school students from the School District of Lancaster and the Pequea Valley School District will spend a full day at PCA&D with the Mosaic Project artists, as well as PCA&D faculty and students. In addition. full scholarships are awarded to middle school students to attend PCA&D’s Exploring the Mosaic Project Studio Art Class on Saturdays in October. These Middle School students will have the opportunity to meet the Mosaic Project artists and explore their own identities through art.