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For Immediate Release:
January 12, 2005

Art Gallery of Peel recognizes Black History Month with the new Exhibition, Tribute: The Art of African Canadians

Urban Warrior 1
Urban Warrior 1
Hollis Baptiste
Neville Clarke
Neville Clarke
Dorsey James
Dorsey James
Chez Nous
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(Brampton) - Beginning Jan. 12, 2005, the Art Gallery of Peel in co-operation with the Art Gallery of Mississauga, opens the new exhibition, Tribute: the Art of African Canadians, featuring the work of nine contemporary African Canadian artists. Tribute is on display throughout Black History Month until Feb. 27, 2005.

As part of the Art Gallery of Peel's ongoing series of exhibitions showcasing and celebrating cultural diversity, Tribute features the work of contemporary African Canadian artists: Jim Adams, Hollis Baptiste, Michael Chambers, Grace Channer, June Clark, Neville Clarke, Dorsey James, Dionne Simpson and Tim Whiten.

A special addition to the show is the work of Robert Scott Duncanson, the first significant African American artist to enter the mainstream of American art and achieve both national and international recognition during the middle of the 19th century. Tribute includes paintings loaned from the collections of the National Gallery of Canada and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

"There are many facets to Black creativity as this exhibition will reveal," observes special guest curator, Neville Clarke. "My hope in this undertaking is to give dignity to the African Canadian community and provide the stimulus needed to ensure future success."

Tribute: the Art of African Canadians is captured in a 36-page colour catalogue, one of the first significant overviews of this subject. With essays written by Neville Clarke, the catalogue provides historical context for the art of African Canadians, and analyzes the diverse issues addressed by contemporary Black artists.

"This eclectic exhibition will create windows of opportunity for further artistic dialogue within the greater community and institutions and provides a level playing field upon which each artist can be critiqued without prejudice," said Clarke.

The Peel Heritage Complex is operated by the Region of Peel and is located at 9 Wellington St. E. in Brampton.The Complex is open to the public Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., weekends from noon to 4:30 p.m., and Thursday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m. Admission is $2.50 for adults, $1.50 for seniors, $1 for students and $7 for families.

The Peel Heritage Complex is made up of the Region of Peel Museum, the Art Gallery of Peel and the Region of Peel Archives. Together, they collect, preserve and display a variety of materials related to Peel's heritage.

For more information about Tribute or the Peel Heritage Complex, visit our Web site at peelheritagecomplex.org
David Somers
Peel Heritage Complex
Region of Peel
905-791-4055, Ext. 3632

Communication Services, 10 Peel Centre Dr., Brampton, ON L6T 4B9 Phone: 905-791-7800, Fax: 905-791-0595 , e-mail



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