“Preserving a Heritage” exhibition opens

  • on 16 Feb 2012
  • University Archives and Special Collections
daughters of the south

University Archives and Special Collections presents Preserving a Heritage: Fine Art Prints by Jonathan Green. The exhibition features 19 lithographs and silkscreen prints from the collection of Jonathan Green and Richard Weedman. Preserving a Heritage opens to the public on at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, with remarks by the artist at 4:30 followed by a reception in University Archives and Special Collections.  

While his work has ranged in styles, Jonathan Green’s best-known approach to painting may be termed "narrative realism." It is through his narrative art style that Green captures and records his life experiences and the rich cultural heritage of the Gullah community in which he was raised. It is Green's mastery of color and skillful use of the human figure which allow him to preserve and share with the viewer a deep sense of community, and how the challenges of love, work and belonging are met.

(Above: "Daughters of the South," 1994, Colored Lithograph, 24.5" x 23.75" by Jonathan Green from the collection of Jonathan Green and Richard Weedman.)

As for his subject matter, Green explains, "I am drawn to Southern rural environments that afford a sense of space and silence and an opportunity to unobtrusively observe daily functions of others as we all pursue life's mission of work, love, and belonging. Agrarian life allows me to experience how we work in harmony with the mysterious and changing fabric of nature. It is the small, but critical, tasks of daily life in the South that I find most stimulating and reflective of the quality of essential, personal, community, and social values."

Jonathan Green was born and raised in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. Green is considered by many art critics and reviewers to be one of our nation’s most outstanding African-American artists capturing Southern culture and traditions. His exhibitions and high level of social interest have brought him recognition throughout the U.S. and internationally, including in Canada, Mexico the West Indies, Switzerland, Germany, United Kingdom, France, Italy, and Japan. Green graduated from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1982.

University Archives and Special Collections is located near Georgia Avenue next door to the Jessie Ball duPont Library and is open to the public from 1-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and at other times by appointment. Please contact University Archives and Special Collections at 931.598.1787 for more information.