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February 2014

The Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County in Fayetteville, NC, Offers Works for the Pilgrim Collection

Fayetteville, NC, residents Dr. James and Juanita Pilgrim have spent their life together collecting artwork and developing relationships – often close friendships – with the artists whose work they collect.

Selected works of African-American art from the Pilgrim’s private collection during The Pilgrim-age: A Lifetime of Collecting by Dr. James and Juanita Pilgrim, a free exhibition at the Arts Council is on view through Mar. 1, 2014.

The Pilgrim’s collection includes work by highly-acclaimed African-American artists, including Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett, William Tolliver, Jonathan Green and Ernie Barnes. Work by Tolliver, Green and a few other select artists will be included in the exhibition.

Juanita Pilgrim was attracted to Tolliver’s work because of his mix of paint and colors. “He did not skimp on paint,” she says, “and it’s obvious he painted from the heart.” Pilgrim says Tolliver became a close family friend.

The exhibition is presented by the Arts Council’s Friends of African & African-American Art and sponsored in part by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. – Fayetteville Alumnae Chapter, and media sponsor WRAL-TV. The show is curated by Ellington-White CDC.

The Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County was founded in 1973. As a link between artists, arts and cultural organizations and the community, the nonprofit agency administers programs in partnership with a variety of local agencies to stimulate community development through the arts. The Arts Council supports individual creativity, cultural preservation, economic development and lifelong learning through the arts.

For further information check our NC Institutional Gallery listings, call the Arts Council at 910/323-1776 or visit (www.TheArtsCouncil.com/exhibitsmain.php).


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