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Cultural Equity in Practice: The Barnes Foundation
February 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Lecturer Kimberly Camp will tell the story of a true cultural warrior on the front lines of democracy and education and how race and class challenge our ideas about great art. Presented by Kimberly Camp. Moderated by Jeannette Curtis-Rideau.
Kimberly Camp, with a BA from University of Pittsburgh and an MS from Drexel University, began her career as a professional artist over 50 years ago. Since then, her paintings and dolls have been shown throughout the US in solo and group exhibitions at the American Craft Museum, Smithsonian Institution, International Sculpture Center, University of Michigan, the Hand Workshop, Sawtooth Center for the Visual Arts, and Manchester Craftsman’s Guild. Her work was featured in traveling exhibitions including Spirit of the Cloth: African American Quilters, for the Craftery Gallery; Touch: Beyond the Visual, for the Arlington Art Center, VA; and Uncommon Beauty in Common Objects for the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center in Ohio. In 2013, she opened Galerie Marie in Collingswood NJ, which features her paintings and dolls, and work by over 120 artists from around the world. She has received numerous awards including two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, the Kellogg National Leadership Program Fellowship, Smithsonian International Travel fellowship as Visiting Scholar for Tokyo Gedia University, and the Roger L. Stevens Award for Contributions to the Arts and Culture from Carnegie Mellon University. Ms. Camp served as president and CEO of The Barnes Foundation, was founding director of the Smithsonian Institution Experimental Gallery, and president and CEO of the Charles Wright Museum in Detroit. From 2005-2011, she led the creation of a science, technology and natural history project, the Hanford Reach Interpretive Center, in Washington state. Her work as an artist and arts administrator puts her ideas about the role art plays in democracy, social equity and diversity into practice. She consults for non-profit organizations on strategic planning, leadership transition and best practices in governance. Currently, Ms. Camp is on the faculty of Drexel University’s Arts Administration program and serves as a curator for A New View-Camden public art project.
Jeannette Curtis-Rideau, a retired educator, is a performance poet, sculptor, art curator, and author. She is a licensed and certified clinical speech and language pathologist who worked in the Englewood Public Schools system in New Jersey. She earned her Master of Science Degree in Speech Pathology and Urban Languages from Federal City College in Washington, D.C. Ms. Curtis-Rideau is a member of 100 Black Women Bergen Chapter and the Fort Lee Film Commission in New Jersey. Currently, she is Chairperson on the Board of Directors of African Voices, a soulful collection of art and literature.
This is part of the Series of Black History Month Programs, presented in partnership by the Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Committee and the Teaneck Public Library.