Category Archives: LeRoy Neiman Art Center
Born and raised in Taiwan, Chris Lin is a Queens-based visual artist with over 25 years of teaching experience. He has worked with students of all age groups, newly immigrated Chinese ELL students, and senior citizens. Since 2010, he has been an instructor at the Leroy Neiman Art Center (LNAC). Last month, Chris concluded a series of highly successful Saturday morning visual arts workshops as part of an ESL program for parents and families of elementary school students enrolled at PS 46 in the Bronx. This program was possible through NYCDOE’s “Arts and Family Engagement” grant.
This semester, Arts Horizons is pleased to offer the students of PS 46 a wide variety of arts education programs from AH teaching artists Navida Stein (storytelling), Larry Washington (percussion), Suzi Myers (world dance), Silvana Marquina (dance), and Andy Algire (recorder). We are especially grateful for Principal Jennifer Ade-Alexander, Assistant Principal Roxanna Bello-Sullivan, Assistant Principal Mary Champagne, and all of the faculty for their continued support over the years. We are also eager to continue providing an average of 215 students with music, dance, and theater programming with an average of 10 contact hours per student.
AH Program Coordinator, Kiran Rajagopalan, visited one of Chris’s Saturday morning workshops at PS 46 earlier in February. Let’s take a quick peek!
The primary focus of Chris’s residency was on sculptural traditions from around the world. Over five Saturdays, participants created vejigante masks from Puerto Rico, pottery with Mexican motifs, sculptural pop-up books, and animal sculptures commemorating Chinese New Year. The range of materials that participants worked with included: clay, colored cardstock, glitter, and tempera paints. Chris began each session with a brief 10-minute lecture in English on an artistic discipline and introduced specific vocabulary words. Cindy Cabral (ESL teacher) and Karen Ramirez (site coordinator and librarian) then translated his lecture and instructions into Spanish to ensure that communication to all participants was clear. The residency concluded with a formal exhibition of the artwork displayed in PS 46’s state-of-the-art library and an informal reception for the participants and their invited guests.
Parents busy at work painting their pottery at PS 46.
Feedback from both Karen and the participants has been extremely positive for Chris’s residency. Karen commented that he received “rave reviews” from parents and students, and his workshop “is the best they’ve ever had.” She also revealed that participation started off very small during the first session, but enrollment quickly grew to more than 20 regular participants due to positive word-of-mouth. One parent even went home in the middle of one session to pick up her child to participate in the workshop! Both Chris and Karen are eager to do another family workshop at PS 46, and hopefully this time they can enroll more fathers!
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BLACKBALL: Illuminating Negro Leagues Baseball opens on August 27, extending through September 27th, at the LeRoy Neiman Art Center in Harlem. Organized by the Arts Horizons LeRoy Neiman Art Center in partnership with the Harlem Historical Society and the Harlem Black Yankees, and sponsored by Abyssinian Development Corporation, the exhibition includes paintings, fiber art, sculpture, giclée prints and digital renderings created by a selection of emerging and established artists dedicated to sports, storytelling and history.
Participating artists are from New York, New Jersey, Detroit and California and include Donald “Sunn” Anderson, Lou Grant, Charles Hearn, Rod Ivey, LeRoy Neiman, Kadir Nelson, George Preston, Sherry Shine and Grace Y. Williams. Local artisans have also been specially commissioned to create NLB-inspired collectibles, which will be presented at the reception and remain on display for the duration of the exhibit.
Reception: Thursday, September 13, 2012 from 5:30-8:30pm at the LeRoy Neiman Art Center, 2785 Frederick Douglass Blvd. (near 148th Street).
Other special events include free family NLB films and workshops on Saturdays, September 8, 15 and 22. Please contact the Neiman Art Center for more details.
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World renowned artist, LeRoy Neiman, was best known for his brilliantly colored, stunningly energetic images of sporting events and leisure activities. We knew him for his generosity, his passion for sharing the arts with the next generation, and for his commitment to supporting service in the arts within urban communities across America. It has been through Mr. Neiman’s extraordinary vision and on-going support that Arts Horizons was able to open the LeRoy Neiman Art Center in Harlem, providing children, schools, service organizations and the community-at-large with free and affordable visual arts programming and exhibition opportunities. Words cannot express our gratitude and affection towards him for making the LeRoy Neiman Art Center a reality and for continuing to nurture it so it could become a wonderful place where beautiful art is created within the Harlem Community. Mr. Neiman was not only a generous man, but a warm and caring spirit who brought his passion for creating art to everyone who knew him. We are deeply saddened by this loss, but honored to continue his legacy through the creative, cross-generational work we are doing here at the Neiman Center. Please join us in remembering and celebrating his life, everyday!
– Marline Martin
Director, Arts Horizons LeRoy Neiman Art Center
Featured on the tables as centerpieces at our 2011 Annual Gala were African-inspired masks. The unique masks not only added something special to the event space but they were a great opportunity to showcase student work.
The masks were inspired by a variety of authentic African tribal masks such as San, Yohure, Senufo, Baule and Ligbi. Under the direction of teaching artist Donovan Nelson, the students and staff at the LeRoy Neiman Arts Center in turn created their own masks using the different patterns, styles and colors.
The masks became a conversation piece around the room and souvenirs for the guest at the end of the night. We even have two in our NJ office, reminding us of the successful event and the beautiful work created. The centerpieces the students completed was a big hit this year, so we are all excited to see what our young artist come up with next.