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Hudgens Center to highlight black artists

Special Photo Jerushia Graham is one of the artists featured in the main exhibit, "The Dream: Five Black Artists, Five Voices." Pictured is the piece, "Ride."

Special Photo Jerushia Graham is one of the artists featured in the main exhibit, "The Dream: Five Black Artists, Five Voices." Pictured is the piece, "Ride."

DULUTH -- To celebrate Black History Month, the Hudgens Center for the Arts is hosting three exhibits highlighting black artists, which opens to the public Tuesday.

"We are thrilled to be able to present five such accomplished artists this spring," said Angela Nichols, programming and education director at the Hudgens. "Each artist has such a distinct visual 'voice' stemming from their own experiences, cultures and interests, and we think this exhibit exemplifies in a small way how very diverse contemporary black artists are in Georgia."

The main exhibit "The Dream: Five Black Artists, Five Voices" features five Atlanta-based artists: Paul S. Benjamin, Jerushia Graham, Henry Leonard, Lynn Marshall-Linnemeir and Nnamdi Okonkwo. The pieces vary from prints and sculptures to collages and textiles.

While "The Dream" is on display, the Hudgens presents two other exhibits to complement February's theme: Ben Shahn's prints in "Reflections from 1965: The Civil Rights Movement" and "The Atlanta Collage Society: SHARED VISIONS."

The Hudgens is hosting a reception for the exhibits and artists from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free.

Throughout the month of February, the center is holding other events in relation to the exhibits. On Feb. 9, the public can attend Free Family Day, while Feb. 21 has been saved for "An Evening with the Artist, Larry Walker."

The exhibits are on display through March 9. For more information about the upcoming events, visit www.thehudgens.org.