BROOKLYN, N.Y.: January 7, 2008 - St. Joseph's College Council for the Arts is pleased to announce that it will feature works by well-known Brooklyn artists Ramona Candy and Felicia Megginson in an exhibit entitled: "Facing Self: There's a Story Here." This exhibit, the first in the Council's special series, "Identities Formed and Transformed: Myself, My Community, My World," will be on display at the Alumni Room Gallery, Tuohy Hall, 245 Clinton Avenue, Brooklyn, N.Y., from January 23rd to February 14th. There will be a gallery talk with both artists on Tuesday, February 5th at 12:40 p.m., and receptions on Monday, January 28th from 5:30 – 8 p.m. and Saturday, February 9th from 12 – 3 p.m. Regular gallery hours are Monday and Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. and on Saturday from 12 to 3 p.m.
Artist, dancer, teacher, Ramona Candy was born in Brooklyn, New York and began painting and drawing as a child. She went on to earn a degree in Art at CCNY and during her studies, and after, maintained an active dance career. According to Ms. Candy, "Following my dance career, it is only natural that movement be a part of my artwork. Though many of my paintings and collages are inspired by dance, it is also pride in my rich Haitian/Caribbean heritage and growing up in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn that influences my work. My goal is to lift you, the audience, engage you in the “dance” and help bring to mind your own roots, heritage and those things that make you smile."
In her photographs, Ms. Megginson places herself in nature through a technique that constructs evocative double-exposure images. Her face, feet, or hands are photographed sequentially in the surroundings to expose both the place and the person. In this series, she explores the “ancestral pull” of the forest. “These images allow me to make a connection with a time when my ancestors viewed the natural world as a place that was both sacred and profane, a place that was filled with life, death, and regenerative energy,” says Felicia. Megginson earned her B.A. at the University of Virginia and M.A. at New York University. She has been an artist-in-residence at the Constance Saltonstall Foundation in Ithaca, NY, The Center for Photography in Woodstock, NY. Currently, she lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
Founded by Sister Elizabeth A. Hill, CSJ, J.D., president, the St. Joseph’s College Council for the Arts is a coalition of students, faculty members and staff who serve as a focal point for St. Joseph’s College’s educational and community outreach programming in the arts. By expanding and integrating campus arts activities, the Council seeks to enhance the public image of the College as a cultural center in Brooklyn. For more information about this, please call (718) 399-6755.