American artist, Faith Ringgold (R) and daughter Michelle Wallace (L) artist talk at Benedict College Spring 2018
Henry Ponder Gallery Past Exhibitions
South Carolina Fellows Part II
May 17th - June 29th, 2018
In partnership with the South Carolina Arts Commission, the Henry Ponder Gallery at Benedict College presented SC Fellows Part II, a retrospective exhibition of the S.C. Arts Commission visual arts and craft fellowship recipients. This exhibit was part of the S.C. Arts Commission’s 50th Anniversary Celebration.
SC Fellow Artists:
Alice Boyle, M. Tallon Chalmers, Dennis Croteau, Heidi Darr Hope, Karen E. Davies, Mary Edna Fraser, Eugene Horne, Damond Howard, Judy V. Jones, Kim Keats, Peter Lenzo, Robert Lyon, Leo Manske, Paula Smith, Megan Wolfe and Howard Woody.
Ancestor Part Project Part II
February 9th - April 7th, 2018
This exhibition conceived by Faith Ringgold was a collaborative project that included eight artists all working on the theme of ancestors. Works in this exhibition inspired us all to rise up with our ancestors and sing songs of joy, love, understanding, forgiveness, and peace for a better world.
Ancestor Project II Artists:
Faith Ringgold, Grace Matthews, Linda Freeman, Sandi Tamny, T.J. Tamny, Marva Whitehead, Wendell Brown, Diane Cherr
The Art of James Biggers
September 23rd - November 3rd, 2017
James Biggers has exhibited widely throughout the Southeastern United States. He works in a variety of media, with special emphasis on painting, drawing, and monoprints. Influenced by his uncle, internationally renowned artist John T. Biggers, he has developed his own personal style. Although his work often reflects his African heritage, his recent work has incorporated themes derived from his interests in mythology and geometric patterns.
February 9th - March 1st, 2017
Comparing Religion: An Exhibition of Artworks and Artifacts Inspired by Religion was on view in Benedict College's Ponder Gallery though March 15. This labeled, but non descriptive exhibition, invited viewers to observe works inspired by Catholic, Hindu, Muslim and other faiths, and question for themselves the commonality of all religions that unite them all.
Participants in this exhibition:
include: Installation artist, Khaldoune Bencheikh; fiber artist, Susan Lenz Dingman; artist, Linda Hansen and artist, Youseff Kabbari. The exhibition also include African artifacts from Competitive Religion Professors Dr. Lillie Burgess and Dr. Benny L. James
The Art of Winston Kennedy
September 17th - November 7th, 2015
Winston Kennedy, an artist/scholar, is Professor Emeritus from Howard University. At Howard University, he taught printmaking and painting, drawing, art management, sculpture, photography and other art courses for over 29 years. He was previously chairman of the Art Department and director of the Gallery of Art. Later, he was chairman of the Department of Art and Director of the Arthur Rose Museum at Claflin University. As an artist, he has exhibited his prints in galleries and museums in the United States, South America and Europe. He has lectured and written on two noted African American printmakers, James Lesesne Wells and Dox Thrash. His chapter on African American printmakers is included in the book: A Century of African American Art: The Paul Jones Collection, 2004.
Great Kings and Queens of Africa
February 1st - March 7th, 2014
The exhibition gave us a first-hand view of history that’s often been forgotten, and helped us excavate African-American History in a way that puts it in a global perspective. Benedict College was one of six Historically Black Colleges to receive paintings from the Anheuser-Busch Kings and Queens of Africa Collection, which features works of historic African rulers such as Cleopatra and Pharaoh Akhenaton with his wife, Queen Nefertiti.
Harriet Tubman in South Carolina
October 17th - November 13th, 2013
The Ponder's Gallery at Benedict College presents Harriet Tubman: an exhibition of quilted works by an electric group of fiber artist, honoring Tubman’s life and work. Along with the opening of the exhibition, A Conversation with exhibiting artists and Tubman descendants, Valerie Ross-Manokey and Charles Ross of Dorchester County, Maryland was held in Fine Arts Little Theater. The Program was moderated by Dr. Patricia Williams Lessane, director of the Avery Research Center on African American History and Culture in Charleston, South Carolina.
Edward Bostick, Beauford, Marlene O’Bryant-Seabrook, Lenora Brown, Cookie Torrie Washington, Delphine Simpson, Rosemarie Stuart, Myrah Brown – Green, Bisa Butler, Christina Johnson, Asake Jones, Theresa D. Polley-Shellcroft, Victorville, Leona Thomas Griner