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On Sunday, April 27, the Hunter Museum of American Art will host its first undergraduate student symposium.

Four students from regional colleges have been selected to present their research on the interdisciplinary topic of race in America. Presentations will include those by Liz Simakoff, an economics student from Covenant College, speaking on performance and identity in the 1960s photographs of Gordon Parks; Megan Oelgoetz, a studio art student from Austin Peay State University, on the cultural hybridity of spiritual art created in New Mexico in the 19th century; Heather Murray, an accounting student from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, on rap and political activism in the 21st century, and Barry Bookheimer, a history and engineering student, also from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, on historical Western perceptions of Vodou and its relation to arts practice. 

Dr. Andrea Becksvoort, Lecturer in English at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, will serve as a respondent for the panelists, and Rebecca Theus, a history student at Southern Adventist University, will conclude the afternoon with a special tour of the museum’s current exhibition, African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era and Beyond. Rebecca will incorporate her research on the labor economy of the South during the Civil War into its lasting effects on the imaginary of artists working in the 20th century.

The symposium will begin at 1 pm and is free and open to the public.

Image - Jacob Lawrence, Bar and Grill, 1941, gouache, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Bequest of Henry Ward Ranger through the National Academy of Design