Voorhees displays paintings of world-renowned artist for Black History Month

January 18, 2011

In celebration of Black History Month, Voorhees College will exhibit the works of a world-renowned multicultural and visual artist, with the grand opening being held Tuesday, February 1 at 6 p.m. in the Wright-Potts Library on the Voorhees College campus.   

Synthia SAINT JAMES, who is also an author, popular speaker and architectural designer, will have 17 of her varied paintings on display.   

She is most celebrated for designing the first Kwanzaa Stamp for the United States Postal Service for which she received a History Maker Award and for the international cover art for Terry McMillan's book "Waiting to Exhale."   

His Excellency Nelson Mandela was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award, which was created by Synthia SAINT JAMES for AFRICARE, an organization celebrating 40 years of service to Africa, at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. in November 2010.    

Another award that she created this year, the "Mosaic Woman Legend," was presented to Dr. Maya Angelou from Diversity Woman Magazine in October 2010.   

Saint James has garnered numerous awards over her forty-plus year career, including the prestigious Trumpet Award and her first Honorary Doctorate Degree from Saint Augustine's College, both in 2010. 

The exhibit will remain on the campus throughout the month of February, and it is free and open to the public.