The Artists of Zion Union Heritage Museum at Cape Cod Museum of Art

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The Artists of Zion Union Heritage Museum at Cape Cod Museum of Art

March 10 - March 24

The Cape Cod Museum of Art (CCMoA) is honored to collaborate with Zion Union Heritage Museum (ZUHM) to celebrate Black History Month with an exhibition of several of Zion’s resident artists: Michael Alfano, Sean Cassidy, Pamela Chatterton-Purdy,Joe Diggs, Carl Lopes, Robin J. Miller, and Claudia Smith-Jacobs.
We are fortunate to have Zion Union Heritage Museum to educate us about the unique history and contributions of people of color to Cape Cod. This exhibition spotlights select work from distinguished artists whose art is represented more fully at the Zion museum,” said Benton Jones, acting director of CCMoA.
Resident artist Pamela Chatterton-Purdy who has created a series of 37 icons that mark the history of the civil rights movement said, “Lest we forget, the Zion Union Heritage Museum continues to educate that Civil Rights is not a dead issue, especially given the current political climate.” She is represented in this show with her recent icon of Emanuel 9, the original of which in the Church in Charleston, South Carolina, where members were brutally murdered in 2015.
The artists in the exhibition are:  
Michael Alfano is well-known for creating figurative and surrealistic sculpture that conveys philosophical ideas and abstract concepts. His life-size bronze statue of an African-American/Cape Verdean holding a globe welcomes visitors to ZUHM. His bronze head Homo Cosmos is on display here.
Sean Cassidy, a Cape Cod figurative oil painter, displays a series of portrait paintings of famous jazz and blues musicians at ZUHM. In this exhibit, we see a portrait of Mohammad Ali from his Historic Origins series that raises questions about the effect of birthplace on famous persons.
Pamela Chatterton-Purdy, a retired art teacher, has created “Icons of the Civil Rights Movement,”a collection of 37 portraits and events of the movement which are on display at ZUHM. Her husband Rev. Dr. David Purdy, researched and wrote the text that accompany each of the icons. They are also the authors of Civil Rights Icons Past and Present.
Joseph V. Diggs is a resident of Osterville whose landscapes and abstract art is often inspired by Micah’s Pond on the property inherited from his grandfather, a businessman who had established a vacation residence in the town when segregation was the norm. 
Carl Lopes, retired as head of the Art Department of Barnstable High School, is noted for his striking contemporary art work inspired by African masks and shields. Images in his work are embellished with geometric motifs and designs in high gloss acrylics. His Nevertheless We Rise is on display here.
Robin Joyce Miller, a retired New York City art teacher and poet, focuses on African-American history and poetry. Her mixed media collage quilts from her book, Rhythms of a Faithful Journey, co-authored with her husband James W. Miller, are on exhibit at ZUHM. Her Mother to Son, based on a poem by Langston Hughes is on view in this exhibit.
Michael Alfano is well-known for creating figurative and surrealistic sculpture that conveys philosophical ideas and abstract concepts. His life-size bronze statue of an African-American/Cape Verdean holding a globe welcomes visitors to ZUHM. His bronze head Homo Cosmos is on display here.
Claudia Smith-Jacobs is a resident of Falmouth whose art is shaped by her multi-cultural heritage. Haitian-American, Cherokee, French, Scotch-Irish, she is focused on injustice in her multi-media work. Her collage/assemblage Are We Still Fighting the Civil War is exhibited in this show.

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March 10
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March 24
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