Savannah State College Showcases “The Early Years” Artwork Exhibition

Courtesy of Savannah State College

Savannah State College’s Visible and Performing Arts Program in partnership with the Telfair Museums is showcasing the ceremonial artwork set up titled The Early Years posthumously honoring professor and American painter Phillip J. Hampton (1922 – 2016). A gap reception can be held on Sunday, Oct. 2 on Savannah State’s campus within the Asa H. Gordon Library, adopted by a viewing within the Kennedy Wonderful Arts Gallery from 3 – 6 p.m. The gallery is on the market for viewing Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to five p.m. Admission is free and open to the general public.

“Phillip Hampton, a professor of distinction and revered native and nationwide artist, led younger college students by instance,” mentioned Peggy Blood, professor of Wonderful Arts, Humanities and Wellness. “He mentored his college students to all the time discover and uncover; by no means to settle. Hampton transmitted to his college students a way of satisfaction of their tradition and group; first as college students learning on a HBCU campus, secondly, as aspiring artists, and lastly as residents searching for equal illustration.”

The late Hampton joined Savannah State School (Savannah State College) in 1952 and was instrumental in growing the college’s Division of Wonderful Arts, Humanities and Wellness by growing course choices and pupil enrollment within the arts. Throughout his 17 years of service, Hampton gained respect as an educator and artist and was lively in native and nationwide organizations. He was identified locally for his style work with roots in realism and later abstraction knowledgeable by his research of artwork and cultural historical past.

Walter A. Simon mural 

Along with Hampton’s work, two massive murals by the late Walter Augustus Simon, additionally a professor at Savannah State School from 1948 to 1949, can be displayed. The exhibition, on show via January 2023, is made potential by the Michael Ok. and Marian E. Butler Household Assortment, James and Brenda Rivers Household Assortment and the Thom Pegg: Black Artwork Public sale. ​A companion exhibition on the Telfair Museum’s Jepson Middle titled, Feels Like Freedom: Phillip J. Hampton will proceed exploring Hampton’s spirit as a part of the broader context of African American artmaking within the mid-Twentieth century with a gap on Oct. 7.


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