Every February, the U.S. honors the contributions and sacrifices of African Americans who have helped shape the nation. Black History Month celebrates the rich cultural heritage, triumphs and adversities that are an indelible part of our country’s history.
To highlight and celebrate Black History, the Bienville Parish Library Main Library in Arcadia and the Gibsland Branch are hosting special exhibits from two African-American artists from Bienville Parish. Marcus Terrell Kilgore and Cameron Murphy. Their exhibits will be on display for a bit longer so our patrons have an opportunity to view the artists’ work.
Marcus Terrell Kilgore Exhibit
On exhibit at the Gibsland Branch Library during their hours of operation: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 8:15am to 5:00pm and Saturday, 8:15am to 12:00pm.
Marcus Terrell Kilgore is deeply committed to his community. He works tirelessly in the neighborhoods and schools, using his artistic talents and collaborating with local civic and fraternal organizations he is affiliated with. Inspiring his mission and vision of the future, is his mother, sister, and teacher/mentor, Professor Larry Holston.
Marcus states that he loves the artistic technique of realism because it allows him to create a platform for his audience so they feel they are part of his work.
Kilgore is the recipient of numerous awards for his artwork. He was the first-place winner in the Adult Division of the Governor’s Office of Disability Affairs Inclusive Art Contest. Kilgore presented his winning artwork, a portrait of Governor John Bel Edwards, in a ceremony at the historic Louisiana State Capitol in Baton Rouge.
Cameron Murphy Exhibit
On exhibit at the Bienville Parish Main Library in Arcadia during their hours of operation: Monday through Friday, 8:15am to 6:00pm and Saturday, 8:15am to 12:00pm.
Murphy is currently a student of Northwestern State University, seeking a Fine Arts degree with a concentration in Graphic Design.
Murphy is the son of Kendra Butler and Edward Murphy. He has had a fascination with art since he was a child. Every birthday, Christmas, and special occasion, Cameron would ask for oil painting sets and could be seen drawing pictures on the sidewalk, and sketching patterns in the sand or dirt. Family tells stories of Cameron as a very young boy who could always be found with a pencil, pen, chalk, even a stick in his hand drawing the world around him or what had sparked his imagination.
As a student of Fine and Graphic Arts, he continues to grow as a young artist, and hone his artistic skills. We expect we will see more from this talented young artist in the future!
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