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James Wise Gallery Presents: Cold Sculpting Exhibit

Monday, January 9, 2017   (0 Comments)
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January 9, 2017 by NSU Communications & Marketing

In Tune, featuring artworks by Stephanie Kiah, and Re-Cycle of Life, featuring documentary photography by Ernest Lowery, will be on exhibit at Norfolk State University’s James Wise Gallery Wed., January 25, 2017. The opening reception is scheduled for Fri., January 27, from 6 - 9 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public. This exhibition will continue until March 3. In Tune is a new series of conceptual works by Kiah, a visual artist who seeks to open dialogue regarding many of the perils of U.S. society. Each piece, both visually and by title, is based on popular music. Thus, this is the double entendre of the exhibition: to have the viewer in tune with the mood and sentiments many feel in current day America, while simultaneously in tune with music’s transcendent power as a means to verbalize, unify, and heal.

Vintage sheet music, beads, as well as geometric and organic shapes weave their way throughout the exhibition. The pieces created from distinctly diverse materials ranging from piano keys to pine branches and rifle shell casings, serve as contemporary Americana. “In our nation’s current climate, there are things I want this exhibition to say that portraiture does not lend itself in expressing. I realized I needed my art to evolve into a more contemporary format in order to most effectively verbalize my message,” Kiah said about her recent work.

Ernest Lowery is a freelance multimedia journalist, most recently contributing his talent to the New Journal and Guide newspaper, a 116-year-old African American centered weekly based in Norfolk, Virginia. For more than 25 years, he has written human interest stories and photographed top officials, activists, and celebrities. In the Hampton Roads art community, Lowery has won the respect and recognition of his peers for his contributions of captivating landscapes and life abroad. His award-winning photos, in this exhibit were taken during a trip to Ghana, West Africa, where Ernest met with a team of Ghanaians to deliver medical supplies and work with villagers on a contingency plan to bring future aid and assistance to the area. His photos capture the circle of life conditions he witnessed and the need for humanitarian aid to the villagers. His work in photography and video gives us the opportunity to glimpse the world through the lens of an enlightened and sensitive eye and to see life caught in the flash of a moment. Lowery is a native of Chicago, Illinois and resides in Chesapeake, Virginia.

For more information on the exhibit, contact Dr. Sam Hughes, assistant professor and director for the James Wise Gallery at 757-823-8420 or via email at

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