UN Art Ambassador Ibiyinka Alao to give free public lecture at King’s

UN Art Ambassador Ibiyinka Alao to give free public lecture at King’s

For Immediate Release
Further Information: Contact Joseph Giomboni
Public Relations Office, (570) 208-5958

August 30, 2012 – Award-winning Nigerian artist and United Nations Art Ambassador Ibiyinka Alao will display artwork and discuss his craft during a free public lecture at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept.10, in the Fitzgerald Room of the Sheehy-Farmer Campus Center, located between North Franklin and North Main streets.

During the presentation, titled “Visions of True Colors: The Art of Ibiyinka Alao,” Alao will discuss how contemporary African life and faith influences his artwork, exploring the themes of redemption, forgiveness and love.

Alao was the first-place winner of the prestigious United Nations International Art Competition in 2001. In 2009, he published “Eternity in our Hearts: The Artwork of Ibiyinka Alao.” His paintings have been exhibited at the Martin Luther King Art Center, the Nigerian Consulate and Embassy, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Cultures, and the United Nations headquarters.

The program is sponsored by King’s College’s Office of Diversity and the College’s African Cultures course.

Alao’s work celebrates diversity and he speaks about achieving peace through creativity and expression. He has lectured at numerous universities, including New York University, Harvard Business School, and Florida State University.

A question and answer session will follow the lecture. Ibiyinka will have prints available for sale at the event.

Ibiyinka Alao

Ibiyinka Alao

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