Dr. Alvia Wardlaw, internationally recognized art historian and curator, will sign copies of her books “Charles Alston” and her article in the  catalogue “Thornton Dial in the 21st Century” at a reception at the Community Artists’ Collective (The Collective), Saturday, April 1, from 2 to 4 p.m.

Wardlaw, a former curator with the Museum of Fine Arts Houston and a long-time professor of art history at Texas Southern University and director of The University Museum, has won the distinguished International Association of Art Critics award.  She founded both the Houston and the National associations of African American Art.  Proceeds from the sale of the books will benefit The Collective and TSU.

In addition to the books that Wardlaw will sign, copies of “Something All Our Own:  The Grant Hill Collection of African American Art,” “Keith Morrison” and “Charles White” will be available.  Light refreshments will be served at the reception.

Wardlaw will be the keynote speaker at The Collective’s 30th Anniversary Birthday Bash April 15 at the Deborah Colton Gallery.

The Collective is located at 4101 San Jacinto, Suite 116, at Cleburne.  For information call 713-523-1616 or visit www.thecollective.org.

The Community Artists’ Collective programs are supported in part by grants from the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, the Texas Commission on the Arts, H-E-B and through collaborations with community organizations.  The Collective’s mission is to provide the educational and cultural link among African American artists and all communities, inspiring unlimited creativity.

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