Spirit and Memory: Contemporary Expressions of Cultural Heritage

Three awarded and acclaimed African-American visual artists join in an exhibition curated by Jonathan Green that reflects an evolving spiritual energy that honors the soul of life, belief, and heritage. The artists – Alvin Staley, Doris Colbert Kennedy, and Amiri Geuka Farris – are all masters of their materials and techniques.  Each demonstrates the power of visual creative intelligence to profoundly communicate with others.

This exhibition opens Saturday, January 25 with an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. In addition, the public is invited to attend artist lectures by the exhibiting artists:  Amiri Geuka Farris will his discuss his work on February 2nd at 3pm Doris Colbert Kennedy will discuss “Energy, God and Quantum Physics: A Deeper Reality with physicist Margie Morse and Reverend Ed Kosak of the Unity Church of Charleston on February 9th at 3 pm, and Alvin Staley will have a lecture on his work on February 23rd at 3pm. All events are free and open to the public.

About the Artists

Colbert Kennedy, Gluinoscape












Doris Colbert Kennedy, Gluinoscape

Doris Colbert Kennedy

Doris Colbert Kennedy, originally from Washington, DC, earned her BFA and MFA in painting and art history at Howard University where she studied under Dr. James A. Porter, Dr. David C. Driskell, Lois Jones and Skunder Boghassian. As an arts educator, Ms. Kennedy has taught at the Corcoran School of Art, American University, Howard University, the University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana, and the Maryland College of Art and Design. Ms. Kennedy’s works express the dynamics of theoretical physics as she paints the quantum motions of waves, strings, and Higgs particles. Each painting is a macro expression of the smallest of quantum configurations.


















Amiri Geuka Farris, Looking Back, Rising Forward


Amiri Geuka Farris

Amiri Geuka Farris received both his MFA in Painting and BFA in Illustration from Savannah College of Art & Design. Mr. Farris is currently a Professor of Fine Arts at the University of South Carolina in Beaufort. His powerful paintings combine an alluring blend of vivid colors and layered textures that evoke images of Sea Island Gullah culture. His artistic vision introduces us to uplifting moments and insight into his contemporary view of Gullah culture. His use of Adinkra symbols subtly stamped into an African dress, a colorful turban, or entangled in a shrimp net stimulates the eye to take in every inch of the canvas. Deep, engaging layers invite you to look deeper into the painting where empowering images and colors dance across the canvas in an energetic display of expression.









 Alvin Staley, Psalms 24-1 #3

Alvin Staley

Although Alvin Staley is a native of Philadelphia, PA, he has spent a large portion of his life living in South Carolina. Alvin received a BFA in Art Education from Claflin University, and received an American University Fellowship to pursue study in the University’s MFA Painting program. Mr. Staley has taught in the public schools of Greenville, Florence, Orangeburg, and Colleton County, and has worked in the art programs of Morris College, Voorhees College, and South Carolina State University.  Currently, he is the Art Department Chairman and Director of the Arthur Rose Museum at Claflin University. As an artist, Mr. Staley works to establish convincing pictorial space within his compositions. Through his works, he resolves the problem of organizing spatial positions that have been altered using diverse degrees and types of light. Mr. Staley strives to create compositions that are abstractly sound and realistically accurate.