Fine Arts at the Quinn
Reported by Christopher Russell, PQC student
When stepping foot onto the campus of Paul Quinn College the impression of art is heavily felt; from the cafeteria to the library, there are murals that resemble leadership, faith, diligence, and resolution. Hence, on October 19, 2013 Paul Quinn College added to that art tradition by receiving a special gift.
The Nasher Sculpture Center celebrated its tenth anniversary by not taking, but giving pieces of art to ten different areas around Dallas, and Paul Quinn was one of the recipients.
Vicki Meeks, the director of the South Dallas cultural center, and a renowned artist known, for her collages, dedicated 14 collages to the school. The collages are representations of the partnership between Paul Quinn and Nasher, its students, and the community.
The Dean of Student Talent, who has a taste for ceramics and sculpting, was in attendance. Mrs. Cherones says that even she found the event an inspiration. “The community involvement played a really big part for me. The way the children and the Nasher representatives looked as they arrived to our campus; being greeted by our students and spirit team waving, smiling, and welcoming them. That introduction really put a smile on our guest face as well as mine; you could tell they were happy to be here.”
She goes on, “our students were wonderful, the poets, artist, and dancers that performed for the unveiling made it a day to remember. I loved it.”
One of the kids smiling and cheering on that Saturday afternoon was Morgan Harris, an 18 year old pre-med major, from Chicago, Illinois. She is a first year dancer on Paul Quinn’s Black Cat dance team and this was not her first time being in the realm of art. Being a freelance dancer for the last six years, she jumped at the chance to participate in something positive and artistic for her school.
Morgan says, “I never knew anything about collages, but I was happy to learn more about it, I knew that I would come and share my love of dancing, and even though I was nervous, my brother Jalyn Glass, [a poet], was there to help see me through. ”
The Black and Blue Cultural Oasis in the Hills lead by Vicki Meeks had visitors walking around for hours admiring the collages and the campus. Many of them having interaction they’ve probably never gotten with kids from diverse backgrounds.
Furthermore, Mrs. Smith, the school’s track coach and student affairs coordinator thought it was simply “a good idea.” Smith views it as “bringing the community together; students get the chance to be artsy, plus the event gives students that haven’t been part of an unveiling before the chance. It added suspense and excitement to the event,” she added, “and who can argue with that.”
In all, PQC, Vicki Meeks, and the Nasher Sculpture Center came together to put on a great event. Yet, like the avenue of roses, that our new collages are outlining, fine art at Paul Quinn College is deeply rooted.
It is up to the students, faculty, staff, and the community to keep shedding light on our gifts, so they can continue to grow, rise, and bring more positivity and togetherness to South Dallas.