Manifesting Love: Prints and Poetry

Exhibit Dates: January 2 until March 25,  2023

2nd Floor Reading Room

An exhibition of uplifting imagery created by Terrance Cummings exploring the powerful and transformative force of love in everyday life accompanied by poems of empowerment and passion penned by the legendary Sonia Sanchez.

Terrance Cummings is a designer, illustrator, author, and teacher living in Central New Jersey. He is known for taking on challenging subject matter involving the African-American experience. With this exhibition he tackles the meaning of love and romance illustrating how it brings hope to our lives.
Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Terrance grew up in New York City and graduated from The High School of Music & Art. He later went on to receive his BFA from Parsons School of Design. He has worked with major book publishers and magazines and his work is also held in private collections. Cummings usually licenses his work to corporations and publishers, but has recently begun creating fine-artist prints, many of which are currently on sale and in this exhibit. As a conceptual artist, he is not afraid of addressing controversial topics and is often called on to interpret complex issues and provide clear and thoughtful solutions. He is an advocate for artist’s rights and speaks regularly about usage rights to encourage artists to explore ways of leveraging their art works beyond the sale of the original.

Sonia Sanchez—poet, activist, scholar—was the Laura Carnell Professor of English and Women’s Studies at Temple University. She is the recipient of dozens of honors, including the Robert Frost Medal for distinguished lifetime service to American poetry, the Langston Hughes Poetry Award and Gish Prize. A founder of the Black Arts movement and, as Maya Angelou dubbed her, “a lion in literature’s forest,” she has been dedicated to the causes of Black liberation, social equality, and women’s rights for more than six decades. Sanchez is the author of sixteen books and continues to write poetry each day. In a tribute to her friend and colleague, Toni Morrison wrote “You have spoken for us . . . Written for us . . . Sung to us . . . How much in your debt we are.”

Terrance Cummings and Princeton Public Library would like to thank Sonia Sanchez for granting permission to use her poetry to accompany the art in this exhibit.

Artist Website: www.terrancecummings.com

Connect on Instagram: www.instagram.com/terrancecummingsstudio

In Between Doodles

Exhibit Dates: January 2 until March 25,  2023

Technology Center and 2nd floor

This exhibit, featuring individual pieces as well as an installation taped directly onto our walls by local tape artist Katelyn Liepins, is an exploration of lines. Liepins has been working with lines and how they can exist beyond the traditional drawing form for the past few years. She is constantly challenging what is a drawing and how can it exist in multiple mediums, her favorite being tape. Coming from a family of architects, she is attracted to the sharp crisp lines within a space and uses them consistently within her art. By using line, she likes to draw the viewer’s focus to a particular area of the space or to point out architectural elements that are typically overlooked. For example, the way the wall meets the floor, or how the corners of a room interact with one another. Katelyn creates large-scale installations as well as smaller representations of these demarcations.

Katelyn Liepins is a practicing professional artist and art educator. She received her degree in Art Education from The College of New Jersey. Outside of teaching she also exhibits her artwork locally and nationwide. Katelyn has over 6 years of teaching experience in various settings such as public schools, private schools, museums, and one on one private classes. 

Artist Website: www.katelynliepins.com

Connect on Instagram: www.instagram.com/liepinsk

Presented with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this programming do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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