Diversity in Public Art

Empowering Community Voices at Bronx Community College's Hall of Fame

An Art and Community Event Celebrating the 1st interactive public art exhibit in the United States

Saturday, September 21, 2019, 12 noon - 5 pm

Day-long family event with performances and music in the Gould Memorial Library Rotunda, the Hall of Fame for Great Americans, and a related art exhibition at the Hall of Fame Gallery in Bliss Hall.

The event will feature several artworks to be installed in the Hall of Fame for Great Americans. Artworks express the artists' perspective on inclusion, diversity, and bias in defining Great Americans through fine art, music, dance, spoken work, multimedia and performance art.

Participating artists include: Grisel Acosta, Christina Barba, Darold Barnette Cuba, Eileen Burgess, Rose De Siano, Rich Garr, Zaq Landsberg, Agnes Murray, Yvette Ramos-Volz, Shenia Rudolph, Howard Skrill, Nora Waters, Alona Weiss, Elizabeth Wiggans and Betty Yu.


Harlem River Valley Series: Henry David Thoreau at the Hall of Fame, Watercolor on Rives BFK paper, 11 1/4 in. x 30 in.

Photo: Michael Berman

Sponsored by the Riverdale Art Association


Artist's Talk by Agnes Murray - The Scottish Pictures (Art and Life)


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

7:30 pm

Hudson House, 3247 Johnson Avenue, Bronx, NY 10463


Free and open to the public.


     Agnes Murray will give a slide talk, sponsored by the Riverdale Art Association on her recent art work that was exhibited in her first solo exhibit in New York City, at Tabla Rasa Gallery in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Approaching Slains Castle is a group of work that includes large-scale monotypes, inspired by the ruined manor house, located on the northeast coast of Scotland. Contrasting with images inspired by the ruins of Slains Castle are images inspired by a far more humble neighborhood, Roanheads, in Peterhead, not far from Slains Castle. These two sites have inspired the artist through several bodies of work over many years and the juxtaposition itself has provoked thoughts of the lack of sustainability of the old social order and its current manifestation in global income inequality. Ideas, working process, art and life will be interwoven in the narrative of how the work has come about. Approaching Slains Castle, was funded in part though through a grant provided from crowd source funding from the USA Projects (now Hatchfund).


The Bronx Recognizes Its Own (BRIO) award for 2014 granted by the Bronx Council on the Arts was based on submission of this body of work.


Robert Blackburn, Sunburst, Woodcut, 1967 - 1969

Wilmer Jennings Gallery at Kenkeleba, Courtesy of Robin Holder






Exhibitions: The David C. Driskell Center, at the University of Maryland, College Park, Fall 2014 and

Wilmer Jennings Gallery at Kenkeleba, Manhattan, Spring 2015


Curated by Deborah Cullen, Director and Chief Curator, The Miriam & Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University, NYC


Catalogue Available


March 14, 2015 from 3 - 6 pm

Wilmer Jennings Gallery, 219 East 2nd Street, between Avenue B and C in the East Village.


Panel discussion moderated by Robin Holder, with  Camille Billops, Betty Blayton, Wesley Cochran, Deborah Cullen-Morales, Bill Hall, Eleanor Magid, Agnes Murray


Panel on the works, techniques and accomplishments of Robert Blackburn in conjunction with the ROBERT BLACKBURN PASSAGES exhibit at Wilmer Jennings Gallery at Kenkeleba.

Robin Holder, Steve Mayo, and Betty Blayton at Wilmer Jennings Gallery, March 14, 2015.