Artist Synthia SAINT JAMES, center, is Artist-in-Residence at Cheyney University


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Gwen Owens, 610 399-2122 or

Pam Carter, 610 399-2515

Artist Synthia SAINT JAMES, center, is Artist-in-Residence at Cheyney University now through October 8.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Cheyney University Arts and Lecture Series hosts Artist in Residence Synthia SAINT JAMES now through October 7 2013.

CHEYNEY, PA – September 6, 2013 – The 2013-2014 Arts and Lectures Series at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania kicks off today with a sneak peak at the work of Artist-in-Residence Dr. Synthia SAINT JAMES in the University’s Biddle Hall Gallery. Lectures, Workshops, and Guided Tours will continue from September 7 through October 18.

The international award- winning artist and designer of the first United States Postal Stamp for the Kwanzaa holiday, has written and/or illustrated 17 children’s books. Her paintings grace the covers of over 70 books, including books by Pulitzer Prize winning author Alice Walker, New York Times bestselling authors Iyanla Vanzant and Terry McMillan.

The popular keynote speaker and architectural designer has garnered numerous awards over her more than 40 year career, including the History Maker Award for her 1997 Kwanzaa stamp design. Her architectural designs can be seen throughout California and in Florida. Her artwork has been described as “ebullient”, “bold”, and “joyful”.

SAINT JAMES is a self-taught artist and popular speaker who credits the Creator and her ancestry (which includes African American, Native American, Haitian and German Jew) for her artistic gifts.

Synthia SAINT JAMES will greet students today from 12:30 to 1:30 in Biddle Gallery. She will also host a Meet the Artist grand opening Saturday September 7 from 11 am to 2 pm inside the gallery. Gallery hours from now through the end of the show on October 18 will be from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm on Mondays and Wednesdays. The gallery will also be open on Tuesdays from 1:00 to 2:00 pm.

The Arts and Lectures Series is an eclectic offering of classical, jazz and hip-hop music, performance art, motivational speakers, theatre and dance showcased throughout the year. Organized by Dr. Sebronette Barnes-Aborom, the program enriches the cultural experiences of the University students and the surrounding community.

A liberal arts university, Cheyney University of Pennsylvania hosts signature programs such as the Keystone Honors Academy the Aquaculture Research and Teaching Laboratory and the accredited Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management program. Recognized as the first institution for higher learning for African Americans, Cheyney University recently celebrated its 175th Anniversary. The University offers baccalaureate and graduate degree programs at two locations, Cheyney and Philadelphia Multi-University Center (PUMC) in Center City.

For more information on this and other events, please contact Gwen Owens, Director of Public Relations, 610-399-2121 or via email at


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