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Art @ the Y


I Have Something to Say

The work of 
Marilynn Dean Cleveland

Join us for the opening reception! Come and learn more about the artist and about making art with the public in mind.

Opening Reception
Thursday, May 29, 5-7pm
Murphy Gallery at the University YMCA
1001 South Wright Street, Champaign

Exhibition on view 9am-4pm weekdays through August 24, 2014

Self-taught Urbana artist Marilynn Dean Cleveland has a lot to say, and a lot to share with the world.  The paintings selected for this exhibition share her vision and experiences as a Black woman, with narratives centering around Black history, her own personal story, and her faith. 

Marilynn started making art as a young woman, using found materials such as house paint, cardboard and ashes to fulfill her profound need to create.  Her prolific work includes paintings, multimedia collage, and an array of miniatures formed from and painted on sometimes surprising materials.  Her art illuminates the importance of overcoming differences through understanding, of the value of reflection in that process, and the significance of learning through stories. Her art is an undeniable expression of her personal determination and life-long hope for change.

We are delighted to showcase the work of Marilynn Dean Cleveland as our Art @ the Y 2014 summer exhibition, on view at the University YMCA through August 24.

Parking Nearby:
Parking lot on 6th between Daniel & Chalmers - Free after 5pm.
Parking garage on 6th & John - Free after 5pm.
Street parking on Wright, Chalmers, & 6th Streets for 75¢ per hour.
Municipal lot on Green & 5th Streets for $1 per hour.


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