Saturday, September 22, 2012

2012 Moja Arts Festival Award Ceremony Tomorrow!!


Please join us for the 29th Annual MOJA
Juried Art Exhibition Award Ceremony and Reception
Sunday, September 23, 2012
Avery Research Center for
African-American History and Culture
Cox Gallery
125 Bull Street
Charleston, South Carolina     

29th Annual MOJA Juried Art Exhibition
September 24 - October 30, 2012
Avery Research Center for African-American History and Culture
125 Bull Street, Charleston, South Carolina

Featuring regional artists, this annual juried art exhibition gives cash awards for first, second, third places, and three ribbons for honorable mentions. Artists selected to participate in this year's exhibition are Shelley Bonner, Eugene W.R. Campbell, Jr., John G. Croom, Amiri G. Farris, Antwon Ford, Steve Hazard, Katherine Houghton, Hamed Mahmoodi, Judy Mooney, Bridget Murray, Hampton R. Olfus, Jr., Robert B. Reed, and Georgette W. Sanders.

Alvin Staley, this year's juror, is a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He has spent a large portion of his life living in South Carolina. Alvin received his early academic training in the public schools of South Carolina. He received the greater of his artistic training in museums, schools, and galleries in the Washington, D. C. area. Alvin completed the requirements for a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art Education from Claflin University in 1976, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. In 1980, Alvin received an American University Fellowship to pursue studies in the university's Master of Fine Arts Painting program. During his first year at American University, he was selected to participate in the prestigious David Lloyd Kreeger Award Exhibit. In 1981, Alvin received his Master of Fine Arts degree in Painting from The American University in Washington, DC.

Alvin is listed in several editions of "Who's Who In America"and "Who's Who Among America's Teachers". He has exhibited his work nationally and has received numerous awards, including "Best in Show"at the 2003 and 2009 South Carolina State Fair Juried Art Exhibit. He is the "2002 NBSC Oil Painters Invitational Exhibit" First Placewinner. In 2011, Alvin received the South Carolina State Fair "Fine Art Spirit Achievement Award."Alvin is represented in numerous collections throughout the country.

Since 1976, Alvin has been an active artist and teacher. He has taught in the public schools of Greenville, Florence, Orangeburg, and Colleton County. He has also worked in the art programs of Morris College, Voorhees College, South Carolina State University, and served as Art Department Chairman at Claflin University. Currently, he works as an artist-in-residence for Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School, and adjunct professor at Claflin University.

Official Poster Artist of the 2012 MOJA Arts Festival is
James Denmark with his splendid image "Carolina Jam"
featured on the cover of the program guide. 

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