July 14 (Sunday)
2–4 p.m.

Meet and hear three artists speak passionately about their life’s work. William Villalongo and Syd Carpenter are both featured in our exhibition An Essential Presence, while Rigo Peralta is an Allentown-based artist whose mural Transcultural is currently installed in the Museum’s vestibule. Each will talk about their artistic journey and practice while bringing attention to the range of art created by people of the African diaspora and its importance to American art, culture, and history. After, they will engage in a talkback with the audience. Free

William Villalongo is an assistant professor at the Cooper Union School of Art whose work is included in the collections of the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Princeton University Art Museum, El Museo del Barrio, and the Denver Art Museum, and it has been reviewed in Art in America, The New Yorker, and the New York Times.

Syd Carpenter, a sculptor who works primarily with clay, wood, and steel, was born in Pittsburgh, earned an MFA from Tyler School of Art, and is currently a professor of studio art at Swarthmore College, where she teaches drawing and ceramics. She has been a guest artist at Anderson Ranch, Chicago Art Institute, Hollins University, Dickinson College, and Howard University among others.

Rigo Peralta is a surrealist artist born in the Dominican Republic. His first encounters with art came with rolling hills and rushing rivers as his backdrop. Peralta studied at Escuela de Bellas Artes de Santiago and at the Art Students League of New York. His work is included in the collection of the Allentown Art Museum among others.