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Clovis Community College Art Exhibitions: February 2023: Collective 80s Heavies

February 2023 Exhibition: Collective 80sHeavies 


A visual narrative of the Black Experience through the lens of Black Artists

Collective 80sHeavies



To awaken minds and motivate souls, foster social change, explore and celebrate the beauty in people of color and their cultures.


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About the Exhibit

This exhibit looks at the Black experience through the individual experiences of 5 Black artists, while exploring ideas of status, racism, discrimination, spirituality, Family traditions and social justice.

The 80sHEAVIES is a group of Alumni from Howard University, College of Fine Arts who met on campus during the 1980s.  Together they studied under great artists, instructors and art historians and were initiated into the proud tradition and rich heritage of the now Chadwick A. Boseman Fine Arts College of Howard University. Labeled “the Heavies” by instructor and sculptor Ed Love, they challenged one another to think and create differently by always asking the 2nd and 3rd why in their quest toward achieving success in visual expression and deepened understanding in purpose and process of creating. Back together, after 30+ years they are still challenging one another to reach higher levels of creative thinking with a focus on the Black Experience; Social, Personal and Spiritual.

Art Books

Collective 80sHeavies Members

Doris Arnett-GaryDoris Arnett-Gary
Born and raised in Paterson, NJ where she currently resides, Doris has recently retired after 32 years with the Paterson Public School District.  Doris was a Teacher and Library Media Specialist for 19 years and an Art Teacher for 13 years prior to her retirement.  Doris earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Howard University.  Howard University was where she realized that not only was she surrounded by people who looked like her, but people who had accomplished phenomenal things.
Larry BradshawLarry Bradshaw 
Born and raised in Washington, DC. Where he currently resides, Larry’s path to being an artist began at an early age by watching both his father sketch and draw and a neighbor, who was an art teacher create pieces with various mediums. Larry majored in graphic design and minored in painting. Being a member of the 80’s Heavies has given him the opportunity to create for the love of art and to express his opinion of the past and present culture of African people and envision theirs as an empowered future.

Marshall J BrownMarshall J. Brown
A New Jersey native, currently residing in Bowie, MD. He attended Howard University at the urging of his parents and close family friend. After earning his Bachelor of Fine Arts, Marshall later obtained his Master of Science degree from the University of Pennsylvania.  “I am influenced and strengthened by my roots, because only through the love, sacrifice and prayers of ancestors, am I able to stand with the ability to create my own narrative – through art.  Just as they planted seeds in hope that they would grow to change the world around them – “my goal is to do the same”.
Walter A. FreemanWalter Freeman
Born and raised in Chicago, IL., where he currently resides, Walter is a father of twins and the owner of “ef Design Group Inc.”, 28-year Union MBE Graphic Design and Printing company. Walter graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Howard University majoring in graphic design. Recently Walter completed a business management program through Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses, and in his spare time he enjoys traveling and playing golf.
Monica Guidry KelsieMonica Guidry Kelsie
Born in Shreveport, La. and raised in Chicago, IL, she is the wife of a Pastor and mother of two adult children.  Monica earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Howard University and her Master of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  Monica is currently the Director of The South Side Arts Consortium. Monica’s art journey continues as she researches, creates, develops and explores ways to invite, educate and expose the world of art to those who want to experience the universe with an expansive and compelling perspective.

February Events Related to the Exhibit

Reception Feb. 7, 2023, 2 PM - 4 PM
Come meet Monica Guidry Kelsie and Doris Arnett-Gary at the Reception on Tuesday.

ARTalk on zoom with: Doris Arnett-Gary, Walter Freeman, Larry Bradshaw, Monica Guidry Kelsie, Marshall J Brown, Feb. 22nd 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Zoom Link:
Meeting ID: 825 2925 4109 
Passcode: 483741


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