Hundreds celebrated the work of this African American artist | News

Juana Diaz pressed the final layer of brown ink onto a print to complete an image of two children holding hands pointing to a red horse.

The 20-year-old UF art junior showed dozens of Harn Museum of Art attendees Saturday how to make silk-screen prints to celebrate the work of Jacob Lawrence, an African American artist, who used the medium. Hundreds attended the kick-off event. Lawrence’s artwork served as the centerpiece of the event and introduced the museum’s newest exhibit, “History, Labor, Life: The Prints of Jacob Lawrence.”

In addition to the silk-screen printmaking, visitors could participate in guided tours, crafts, poetry readings and theatrical performances focusing on the themes…

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