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Local Artist Partners with The Nasher and Paul Quinn to Preserve History

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Posted: Monday, August 26, 2013 6:00 am

Nationally recognized artist Vicki Meek has been commissioned by The Nasher Sculpture Center to be a part of their 10th anniversary initiative: The Nasher XChange, a dynamic public art exhibition consisting of 10 commissioned works by 10 renowned artists at 10 diverse sites throughout the city of Dallas. Vicki Meek’s pieces will highlight Dallas’ own Bishop College, the HBCU that is now known as Paul Quinn College. Meek seeks to emphasize and conserve the history of Bishop College through the medium of sculpture. Dallas greats and Bishop College alumni such as Ann Williams (Dallas Black Dance Theatre Founder) and Roger Boykin (Jazz Orchestra Leader and musician) can be found among many others in Meek’s pieces, which will line the entry way of Paul Quinn this October.

When asked to speak about the inspiration behind the work, Meek responded by saying she had help from many people to make this project happen. President of Paul Quinn College Michael J. Sorrell is said to have given Meek the idea of making the work about the people of Bishop College as opposed to the physical buildings that still remain. Meek also relied on third party research and much help from the community to gather all of the information that made the work possible. Meek also states that The Nasher XChange project is a "two-way street." The program makes it possible for art to be viewed in parts of the city that one might not expect, exposing new audiences to work that they might not otherwise be exposed to. For more on the Nasher XChange and Vicki Meek please visit http://www.nashersculpturecenter.org/Exhibitions/Nasher-Xchange

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