Nationally-recognized artist and educator Jon Onye Lockard will discuss his life and work in a public lecture on Thursday, February 14th from 2:30 - 4:00 in the Rhea Miller Recital Hall on the campus of Saginaw Valley State University. An acclaimed muralist, Lockard's brightly colored paintings feature dynamic, expressive figures and geometric patterns that focus on issues of African and African-American culture. In addition to his celebrated artistic career, Professor Lockard will discuss his work as an educator and activist, as well as his recent appointment to the Design Committee for the Martin Luther King Memorial in Washington D.C. The lecture is in conjunction with the February exhibition of Prof. Lockard's work taking place in the SVSU University Art Gallery, and is sponsored by the Dow Visiting Scholar & Artists Program.
Following Prof. Lockard's lecture, a public reception in his honor will be held in the University Art Gallery from 4:30 - 6:30 pm. Visitor's will be able to tour the exhibition of paintings and drawings selected from Prof. Lockard's 60 year artistic career.
Jon Onye Lockard’s attempt is to harmoniously blend visual reflections of our dynamic cultures into work spaces and living environments. The use of colors, shapes and forms are used to heal, inspire, and restfully replenish people in a spiritual and personal way. His art is designed to aid and augment the outgrowth of an African American cultural aesthetic into a spiritual and visual environment. Lockard's art reinforces spirituality, beauty, comfort, history and diversity in personal and professional environments. Emphasis is placed on visual and spatial rejuvenation. Jon Onye Lockard’s mission is to provide cultural inspiration and to enhance each person’s personal surroundings with meaningful images reflective of their cultures. The environments that we share and the art we learn to appreciate can become a source of inspiration in the workplace and in the home.
All gallery exhibitions, lectures and receptions are free and open to the public. Click the following link for open gallery hours or call (989) 964-2291. The University Art Gallery is located in the Arbury Fine Arts Center on the campus of Saginaw Valley State University, svsu.edu/visit/campusmaps.