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May 15: University Honors Artist Elizabeth Catlett With Special Exhibition, Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts


Eric Sloss                           

Carnegie Mellon Honors Landmark Artist Elizabeth Catlett With
Special Exhibition, Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts, May 17-18Elizabeth Catlett

PITTSBURGH—The works of famed artist and sculptor Elizabeth Catlett will be featured in a special, two-day exhibition at the Regina Gouger Miller Gallery on Carnegie Mellon University's campus, May 17–18. The gallery will be open both days from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.        

Catlett's exhibit, which features more than two dozen of her figurative lithographs, serigraphs and bronze sculptures, coincides with her acceptance of an honorary doctorate of fine arts degree from Carnegie Mellon on Sunday, May 18.    

"In bestowing upon her the honorary degree of doctor of fine arts we recognize her and her life's work," said Hilary Robinson, the Stanley and Marcia Gumberg Dean of the College of Fine Arts at Carnegie Mellon. "In hosting an exhibition of her work alongside the exhibition Three Women of America, Serigraph, 1990of the graduating Bachelor of Fine Arts Class of 2008 we pay our own homage to her. Her story is one of grace, determination and achievement in equal measure."

A number of organizations and individuals worked with Carnegie Mellon to bring some of Catlett's works to Pittsburgh. The Regina Gouger Miller Gallery and Carnegie Mellon's School of Art partnered with the Multicultural Arts Initiative, The Links, Incorporated Pittsburgh Chapter, PNC Bank, FedEx Ground, E&S Gallery, Tyra Butler, Yvonne C. Cook, Michael Jasper, Steffanie Jasper and Claudette R. Lewis to create the exhibition.   

Catlett has been described as the foremost African American woman artist of her generation. Many of Catlett's works are in the collections of the world's most distinguished art museums. Lithographs and serigraphs in the Carnegie Mellon exhibition include "Which Way," "Fiesta," "Children with Flowers," "Pauline (mujer Negra)" and the "For My People" collection. Sculptures on display include one of her best known works, "The Singing Head," as well as "Mother and Daughter," "Niama," "Fluted Head" and "Citoalli."

Pictured above are Elizabeth Catlett and her artwork "Three Women of America," Serigraph, 1990