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Fall Black Artists Showcase at College of Lake County honors diversity

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published Aug 13, 2020

College of Lake County recently debuted a new virtual art exhibition since COVID-19 keeps visitors from walking the aisles of the Robert T. Wright Community Gallery of Art at the Grayslake campus. The latest Black Artists Showcase features artwork from CLC’s permanent collection. Bru by Terry DixonEach work was created by a Black artist including beloved CLC art faculty member Terry Dixon who recently passed away last year and retired CLC art professor and painter Reginald Coleman. Other renowned artists include Dr. Margaret T. Burroughs, Mr. Imagination aka Gregory Warmack and Winfred Rembert.

“You’d never know the college owns these pieces featured in the Black Artists Showcase,” said Ann Rintz, art gallery and permanent collection curator. “It’s nice to shine a light on them. The pieces run the gamete - some were activists, some were not. All of these artists have a different take on what it’s like to be a Black artist, both historic and current.”

Over 800 works are part of the college’s permanent art collection. Significant Illinois artists, as well as nationally and internationally recognized artists have their work featured since the gallery started in 1981. The collection reflects a diverse range in media and style and is displayed throughout the Grayslake, Lakeshore and Southlake Campuses.

At the Beach by Margaret T. Burroughs

“It is not our place to speak on behalf of anyone,” said Rintz. “Art stimulates its own contemplation. Because art has the unique ability to educate the public and inspire change, we hope to strengthen Black voices and make them better heard.”

“I wish my art to speak not only for my people but for all humanity,” said Dr. Margaret T. Burroughs, a prominent Chicago artist, educator and institution-builder whose work is featured in the online exhibition. “My subject matter is social commentary and seeks to improve the condition of life for all people.”

Learn more about the artists in the Black Artists Showcase. More virtual and live arts events are planned for fall at the Robert T. Wright Community Gallery of Art.

About College of Lake County:

The College of Lake County is a comprehensive community college committed to equitable high-quality education, cultural enrichment and partnerships to advance the diverse communities it serves in northeastern Illinois. Offered at three campuses in Grayslake, Vernon Hills and Waukegan or online, college classes are affordable and accessible to help each student achieve academic, career and personal goals. More than 70,000 students graduated with degrees and certificates since the college opened in 1969. The College of Lake County is the only higher-education institution ranked among the top 15 best places to work in Illinois by Forbes and is a national leader in many areas, including sustainability and conservation.