Cheyney University Students’ Art on Display in State Capital

Updated: 2/27/2014 12:04 PM CST BY TOM JOYNER FOUNDATION

CU News

February 27, 2014

Cheyney art pieces

Cheyney University Fine Arts Honor Society (FAHS) students have their work currently on display in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education’s (PASSHE’s) Dixon University Center in Harrisburg, PA. Previosuly only Kutztown University (KU) students and faculty had artwork displayed in two rotating exhibits in the Dixon Center’s expansive lobby and atrium hallway. This year, however, Cheryl Hochberg, KU’s Chair of the Fine Arts Department and exhibit organizer, invited students from PASSHE’s 13 other state schools to submit work for consideration. Not all submitted work is accepted.

Cheyney senior liberal arts major and FAHS President Angelitta Anderson submitted a 3-D Punu African-inspired mask that judges admitted into the exhibit. “Punu masks represent the spirit of an ancestor,” Anderson explains. “They are commonly found throughout western and central Gabon and typically are of the female face. The hairdo usually has two-sided braids–a hairstyle commonly used by women of that region.” Anderson used plaster on her own face to make the mask and rhinestones to detail it. Turns out, the mask was for a homework assignment for her African American Art class

The exhibit is open from now until April 14.  For directions to the Dixon University Center in Harrisburg, click on www.dixonuniversitycenter.org/directions.asp.

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