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Drew University Students and Alums Showcased in Local Art Exhibition

A special exhibition celebrating Black History Month

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Uriah Whyte C’24

February 2024 – In celebration of Black History Month, art from Drew University students and alums is showcased in the Patchwork of Connections exhibition, hosted by The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts (METC) in Madison, New Jersey.

The exhibition, organized by Jason Karolak, Associate Teaching Professor of Art at Drew, and Elizabeth Quay, Deputy Director at the METC, highlights young artists of the African diaspora, and artists working with themes related to Black History Month. The featured artwork portrays culture, traditions, significant figures, and deeply felt emotions and issues within the Black community. 

“We are very excited to partner with the METC to celebrate our talented students and offer an opportunity to share their work with the local community,” said Karolak.

“It’s an amazing opportunity to be around other Black artists,” said Uriah Whyte C’24. “This is very culturally significant to me, I don’t really see a lot of other artists that look like me so that’s really important.”

The exhibition includes artwork from eleven Drew students and alums as well as students from West Orange High School. The artwork will be on display in the windows of the METC Education Annex throughout the month of February.

“It’s really nice to be able to give young students a voice,” said Deborah Farrar Starker, METC Jefferson W. Kirby Executive Director.

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