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May 11, 2009
Kevin Coburn, Director of Communications

GMC Alum Opens Civil Rights-Themed Exhibit at Feick

purdyPOULTNEY, VT – After stops at the United Methodist Center and the Frederick Douglass Museum in Washington D.C., Green Mountain College alum Pamela Chatterton Purdy ’61 will visit her alma mater to present an exhibit featuring civil rights leaders.

“Icons of the Civil Rights Movement” debuts at the College’s Feick Fine Arts Center May 25. Chatterton-Purdy will host an artist lecture May 29 at 3 p.m., with an opening reception to follow from 4-6 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

Chatterton-Purdy created “Icons” to mark the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The exhibit includes 18 painted portraits of civil rights leaders or important events during the struggle for racial equality in the ‘50s and ‘60s. Each piece is presented in an ornamental wood frame painted with gold leaf. Collectively, the paintings impart a sense of reverence for the contributions of civil rights pioneers. “Icons of the Civil Rights Movement” was on display at the United Methodist Center in Washington D.C. during the inauguration of President Barack Obama. The Frederick Douglass Museum hosted the exhibit for Black History Month in February.

Chatterton-Purdy holds an MFA from the University of Massachusetts. She has taught art at Bay Path College, Springfield College, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and is the author of Beyond the Babylift, A Diary of an Adoption.

“Icons of the Civil Rights Movement” will be on display until June 12. The Feick Fine Arts Center is open to the public Monday through Friday from 1-5 p.m. There is no admission charge.


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