‘Icons of the Civil Rights Movement’ exhibit now open at Elms College
CHICOPEE – The Borgia Gallery at Elms College is hosting the exhibit “Icons of the Civil Rights Movement” by artist Pamela Chatterton-Purdy, Oct. 26 through Nov. 19.
The exhibit showcases art depicting important events and leaders surrounding the civil rights movement.
“I did them from a very religious standpoint, in that I really see the civil rights movement as God present in the Holy Spirit,” Chatterton-Purdy said in a 2008 article written for The United Methodist Church. “So many of these people gave their lives for freedom,” said Chatterton-Purdy.
Purdy’s inspiration is deeply rooted in personal experience. As an art editor for Ebony magazine during the early 1960s, Chatterton-Purdy was only one of two white staff members in a company of 150 employees. Since its creation, “Icons of the Civil Rights Movement” has traveled to more than 20 colleges and universities. The show was also on exhibit in Washington, D.C., during the inauguration of President Barack Obama.
Chatterton-Purdy is a Massachusetts artist with close ties to the community. As an art teacher for more than 30 years, she has taught at Bay Path College, Springfield College and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She also has taught at public schools in Middleboro and Brookline, Mass.
An opening reception with the artist will be held Tuesday, Oct. 29, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
The exhibit and reception are open to the general public and admission is free.
The Borgia Gallery at Elms College is located on the second floor of the Mary Dooley College Center and will be open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The gallery will be closed on Nov. 11 in observance of Veterans Day.