Native South Carolinian Sylvester Hickmon , Jr. became interested in art at an early age. He can remember drawing on the ground as a child, and later spending every moment he could in the art room during his high school years. He received his formal art training at South Carolina State University, Orangeburg, South Carolina, where he earned a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Art Education. For the past 21 years, he's taught art on the high school, middle school and elementary school levels. He has taught colored pencil classes at the Sumter Gallery of Art and conducts workshops on drawing with colored pencils.
"My recent work involves the use of fire as a metaphor for change and self-renewal."
"Is it really possible to use arts education as a means for Economic and Social Development in underserved communities? And if so how do we do it?
I've always thought of education as the path to better circumstances. The formula used to be very simple- you go to school, graduate with a degree in something and then you get a job. voilla- you are living the American dream. The changing economic climate- however is rapidly shifting our concept of work and more people are considering self employment as an alternative to working for some one else." - Natalie Collins
"The TIES That Bind" Opens Friday December 9, 2011
Artist celebrates connection between Haiti and New Orleans
"The TIES that Bind", a visual exhibition of artworks by Ulrick Jean-Pierre that commemorate and celebrate the historical and cultural connections between Louisiana and Haiti, will open with a reception at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9 at Le Musée de f.p.c., 2336 Esplanade Ave.
The multi-faceted experience will feature a performance by the Malto Chamber Orchestra and a historical overview by folklorist Joyce Marie Jackson, Ph.D., as well as a conversation with the artist, a native of Haiti who resides in New Orleans and has become renowned for his creation of Haitian historical paintings in which he retraces the history of Haiti. His work has been featured in a number of publications including NOMA's ARTS Quarterly catalog and Haitians in the Diaspora.
The exhibit will serve as Le Musée's inaugural event in honor of Tremé 200, the salute to the fabled Tremé community's bicentennial. The exhibit is sponsored by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation and supported by SUNO's Master of Arts Studies Program, The McKenna Museum, AHDH of New Orleans, Friends of Haiti in Louisiana, WDSU, the Rhodes Family of Businesses and Friends of the Artist.