SU Museum of Art features three Louisiana artists in centennial celebration exhibit
- Monday, September 22, 2014
The Southern University Museum of Art (SUMA), celebrates Southern
University Baton Rouge's Centennial with an exhibit, "Southern Art:
Reflections of History, Culture, and Lifestyle," featuring the works of
artists Don Cincone, Ted Ellis, and Daryl Tripplett.
opened Thursday, September 25, 2014, with a Meet the Artists Reception. The artists also will be featured at the
museum's Homecoming Open House on October 3, 2014, and a Gallery Talk on
Saturday, October 11, 2014, at 11:30 a.m.
Each of the three
artists is nationally recognized for their works depicting
African-American history and the culture, life, and times in the south.
Their work captures the essence of southern culture through subjects
that represent the many facets of life in southern cities and rural
"Having three artists of this stature for our final
exhibit of the 100th anniversary celebration of Southern University
Baton Rouge is the perfect way to end the year," said SUMA executive
director, Vivian Kerr. "The provocative images and poignant scenes of
life featured in the paintings in this exhibit represent a tribute to
the legacy of Southern University," she added.
the museum's permanent collection as well as the work of young artists
from the Baton Rouge public schools (a Baton Rouge Chapter of The Links,
Incorporated project), complement the centennial anniversary exhibit.
young artists are from pre-kindergarten through fifth grade and are
excellent examples of our effort to encourage young artists," said Kerr.
The exhibit will remain at SUMA through December 20, 2014, after which
it will open at the Southern University Museum of Art at Shreveport.
Cincone: A native of Alto, Louisiana, Don Cincone's formal search for
enlightenment in the aesthetics began in a one room elementary school
called Dunning. Cincone studied at Southern University and the San
Francisco School of Fashion Design. That humble beginning opened the way
for Cincone to study, travel, and exhibit his art throughout the United
States and other countries including Denmark, Holland, Belgium, France,
Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Haiti Mexico, and Canada. Cincone is known
for his unique style of painting that uses lines, swirls, dots and
vivid color to capture the essence of his subject. His incomparable
style attracted a commission by Universal Studios, to create 85 original
paintings and drawings for the movie "The Art of Love," produced by
Ross Hunter. Cincone hosted a one-man sellout show in Paris and won the
Silver Medal Award of Literary Arts and Sciences in Rome.
ordained Christian Methodist Episcopal minister Cincone retired after
serving for 31 years. Although not a planned career choice, he taught
art from 1966 through 1993 and says he enjoyed every moment. Cincone is
considered a mentor for many Louisiana artists.
He is a humble
man who says his guiding principles are, "Art is an expression of life
for life. God is the true artist. If I do anything that is credible,
that comes from God, I am only a thankful conduit."
Although he currently resides in Houston, Texas, Ted Ellis was raised
and educated in New Orleans. A self-taught artist, Ellis considers
himself a creative historian, whose primary purpose is to educate
through art. Growing up in a city known for its artistic and eclectic
style served to inspire Ellis to capture the essence of the subjects and
experiences of his childhood by blending realism and impressionism to
evoke nostalgia and inspiration. Ellis is dedicated to his craft and
draws on a style that was born in his childhood from impressions of his
His art reveres and celebrates the traditional
values of his culture. Ellis says he is a man who, "lives the life he
Darly Triplett: Louisiana based artist Dary
Triplett, a former junior college All-American football player under the
legendary football coach Eddie Robinson, and a former native of New
Orleans, enjoys creating art that depicts scenes from his New Orleans
heritage. Triplett has had many influences on his life, but the New
Orleans art and music scenes have remained the major focuses for his art
work. From the bold and vivid colors of Mardi Gras to the southern
sounds of gospel and jazz, his art has all the flavor and spices of a
good "Pot of Gumbo."
Triplett holds a B.S. degree from Grambling
State University in art education, a master's degree in liberal arts and
the humanities, and more than 30 additional graduate level hours in
art, and administration and supervision from the University of Louisiana
The mission of the Southern University
Museum of Art (SUMA) is to assure that the art, artifacts, and other
treasured works of Africans, African Americans, and their descendants
are accessible to the community in an organized and cherished
collection, in a place of historic significance on Southern University
System campuses. Founded on March 9, 2001, SUMA is the realization of a
dream for Southern University System (SUS) president emeritus and Board
of Supervisors member, Leon R. Tarver II. Tarver, president of SUS
until 2005, began collecting African artifacts during his travels to
Africa developing a passion for the art of his ancestors and his few
artifacts quickly became a vast collection. That passion coupled with
his increasing knowledge of the significance of the art, was the impetus
for his determination to share his vast collection with others and SUMA
was born. Located in the renovated Martin L. Harvey Hall in an area of
the campus designated as a National Historic District (May 2000) SUMA
offers a spectacular view of the Mississippi River overlooking the
SUMA has grown considerably over the past 13 years with
the on-going support of Tarver and other donors of art and artifacts
such as William Bertrand and Mr. and Mrs. Dan Wainberg. The museum,
dedicated to maintaining a standard of excellence in the care and
collection of its art and artifacts, welcomes research and study by
faculty, students, staff, and community members.
SUMA is free
and open to the public. The museum's hours of operation are Monday -
Friday from 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and weekends by special appointment.
To receive additional information or to schedule a group tour, call
225.771.4513 or 225.771.4691.