Kellogg Community College will open its annual celebration of Black History Month with an opening reception to kick off the month’s activities and to celebrate the opening of a solo art exhibit from Battle Creek artist and former KCC student Jaziel Pugh.
The opening Black History Month reception will run from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 31, in KCC’s Morris Library, on campus at 450 North Ave. in Battle Creek. It will mark the launching point for Pugh’s exhibit “Solo,” as well as a month-long series of Black History Month events and activities at the College.
The opening reception and exhibit are free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be provided. The exhibit can be viewed during the library’s open hours, which are 7:45 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 7:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays.
Pugh’s exhibit will run through Feb. 28 and include more than a dozen large digital prints featuring his reoccurring original character Soul exploring his personality in a variety of environments and leading different lifestyles.
“These pictures represent different natures to which Soul can mold his self into,” Pugh says of the character in an artist’s statement. “By transcending through these phases he starts to understand who he is, but more importantly who he can become.”
All works exhibited will be available for sale through the artist.
Pugh, a 2013 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School, is a well-known regional artist who has painted several public murals in the Battle Creek area, notably as part of annual Color the Creek events, and he’s worked with KCC on a number of artistic endeavors over the past few years. His mural “Six Disciplines” was commissioned by KCC and installed on the south exterior wall of the Davidson Visual and Performing Arts Center in October 2019.
KCC’s Morris Library will also host digital exhibits online at kellogg.edu/library as well as African American author displays and mini-exhibits in cases in the library on campus throughout the month of February.
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