Black History Month exhibit at NOVA-Manassas
January 28, 2009
The Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College is presenting an art exhibit featuring imagemaker Michael B. Platt in honor of Black History Month.
The exhibit will be open to the public until March 2, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays. A reception for the artist will be held on Feb. 11 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Colgan Hall exhibit space. The reception is free and open to the community. The campus is located at 6901 Sudley Road (Route 234 just north of Interstate 66). To learn more, call 703-257-6532.
Platt is a Washington, D.C., native. Long known as a printmaker, Platt now prefers the more encompassing designation of imagemaker. He creates artwork that centers on figurative explorations of life’s survivors and the marginalized, referencing history and circumstance in the rites, rituals and expressions of our human condition.
“For the past three years my imagery has centered on ritual and the transformation of the human spirit that occurs when it confronts imagined or actual events and circumstances,” Platt said. “Most recently, using digitally manipulated female figures to manifest such transformations in my prints, as well as the artist books and broadsides done in collaboration with poet Carol Beane, I have addressed issues of slavery, Hurricane Katrina, waiting and searching for home.”
In 2007 Platt received a prestigious Franz and Virginia Bader Fund Grant which makes awards to visual artists to enable them to concentrate on their art. He has exhibited widely both internationally and nationally. His latest one-person shows were at International Visions Gallery in 2007 and the University of Maryland in 2006. Numerous private collections have his art in their permanent holdings as do the Corcoran Museum, the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, the Library of Congress, the Schomberg Research Center, Yale University, Brown University, University of Maryland and Hampton University.
In 2003 Howard University’s James A. Porter Colloquium commissioned Platt to create the inaugural print for its 2004 conference. In 2004, he participated in the DC Print Portfolio Project sponsored by the District of Columbia Commission on the Arts and Humanities in conjunction with the David Adamson Gallery.
In 2006 Platt was invited to participate in an exhibition organized by the Reginald F. Lewis African American Museum in Baltimore in collaboration with the Maryland Historical Society and the Maryland Institute College of Art for their multi-venue 2007 exhibit “At Freedom’s Door: Challenging Slavery in Maryland.”
In February 2008 Platt’s work was shown in the Black Fine Arts Fair in New York City and in April 2007 at ArtDC International Art Fair. One of Platt’s prints, done in collaboration with Carol Beane, received the Barbara Forst Digital Print Award last year.
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Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America’s largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 60,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through the Extended Learning Institute. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College’s Web site, www.nvcc.edu.