Students, classes, and parents are invited to visit Norfolk Academy's newest Perrel Art Gallery exhibit, Kitchen Table Talk.
A compilation of printmaking and drawings from award-winning artist Steve Prince, who is currently Director of Engagement for the Muscarelle Museum at the College of William and Mary, the exhibit explores topics Prince's family discussed around the kitchen table in New Orleans when he was growing up.
Prince attended Xavier University of Louisiana, then earned a master's degree from Michigan State University. A mixed media artist, master printmaker, lecturer, and educator, he has taught at the middle school, high school, and college levels, and has conducted workshops internationally. He has received several honors for his art and scholarship including the 2010 Teacher of the Year award from Hampton Public Schools. He has shown his art internationally and participated in several residencies.
Upper School English classes will be studying the exhibit in depth over the course of February, including through a dance and discussion by Dance Master Elbert Watson. Mr. Watson will be leading several of these events throughout the month.
Curator Betsy DiJulio, an Upper School Art Teacher, said Mr. Prince's work would be engaging to many other classes, including literature, history, constitutional law, dance, film, music, and psychology.
“The show features monumental, eye-popping woodblock prints and graphite drawings like I have never experienced, save in this master printmaker's work," Ms. DiJulio said. “Whatever you might want to teach, I suspect you can find within this densely pictorial and highly symbolic, yet accessible, body of work."
Parents are invited to visit the exhibit after school when the doors are open. It will remain up until late March.