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May Spotlight Artist: Kara Walker

May 12, 2015 Good Morning everyone! Kara Walker is this month’s Spotlight Artist. She is known to create panoramic friezes of cut-paper silhouettes, black figures against a white wall, of colonialism, of the antebellum South. Here are the facts on this contemporary artist…..   Received her BFA from the Atlanta College of Art and her MFA from Rhode Island School of Design. In 1994, Walker’s first mural, Gone, An Historical Romance of a Civil War as It Occurred Between the Dusky Thighs of One Young Negress and Her Heart, which was a cut-paper silhouette mural, presenting old-timey south filled with sex and slavery.     By 27, she was the second youngest recipient of the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s “genius” grant. Her works have addressed the history and racism, gender, sexuality, through violent and unsettling imagery.   Since 2001, Walker is a professor of Visual Arts in the MFA program at Columbia University. You can go to learn.walkerart.org/karawalker for more.   The last video is 1:17:37, so be ready to sit awhile …