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January 20, 2007

African American Artists of Long Island Exhibit

Now in its 9 th season and back by popular demand, "Nothin' New" IX, a benefit folk concert, will be held on Saturday, April 21 at 7:30 p.m. in Roosevelt Hall's Little Theater at Farmingdale State College. Admission is free. Donations are welcomed.

The Memorial Gallery in Nathan Hale Hall at Farmingdale State College will feature an exhibition of original works by three African American artists, David Byer-Tyre, Robert Carter and, posthumously, Moneta Sleet Jr. The exhibit is sponsored by Affirmative Action/Office of Equity and Diversity, the Department of Visual Communication and the Farmingdale Student Government.

The exhibit will be open to the public February 6 through March 9, 2007. Meet two of the artists, Mr. Byer-Tyre and Mr. Carter, on Thursday, February 22, 2007 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Gleeson Hall room 202.

David Byer-Tyre, a South Farmingdale resident, received his MFA at C. W. Post, with a concentration in sculpture. Mr. Byer-Tyre earned his BFA in sculpture from Georgia State University and his BA in Drawing and Painting from St. Augustine College in North Carolina. He is a professional artist, college instructor and director of the African American Museum of Nassau County in Hempstead, NY.

Mr. Byer-Tyre expresses his art through drawing, painting, sculpting, welding, and often a combination of these disciplines. Mr. Byer-Tyre is motivated by his desire to reach the African American community through art. His art is often a social commentary on racial stereotypes and those who play the demeaning roles society has defined for them. Mr. Byer-Tyre strives to produce works in response to race related issues.

Robert Carter, a Dix Hills resident, earned his MFA at the prestigious Pratt Institute of Fine Arts in New York. Mr. Carter is a distinguished professor of art at Nassau Community College, where he teaches drawing, painting and design. He is a sought-after lecturer in public schools, universities and private art organizations.

Mr. Carter's paintings, drawings, and illustrations are in demand by collectors throughout the United States. As an artist/illustrator his works are in the permanent collections of museums and private collectors throughout the United States, while being represented in art books and other related publications. He also works as a contract illustrator for major New York publishers.

Recent exhibitions include Dallas, Texas, one-person show; Atlanta, GA., Philadelphia, PA., New York City, National Black Art Exhibition and other New York area venues.

Moneta Sleet Jr. was an African American photographer. He earned his MA in journalism from NYU after moving from Kentucky where he attended Kentucky State College.

In 1955, Mr. Sleet joined the staff of Ebony Magazine, covering many significant events including, Civil Rights Movement, and Nobel Peace Prize Winners.

Mr. Sleet's photographs have been exhibited in many museums and libraries. In 1969, he was the first African American to receive a Pulitzer Prize in journalism for his photograph of Coretta Scott King at the funeral of her husband, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

He wrote Special Moments in African American History: The photographs of Moneta Sleet, Jr. 1955-1996, which was published in 1999. Mr. Sleet Jr. died on September 30, 1996 in New York City at 70 years old.

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