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“Celebrate Diversity” Exhibit in City Hall Rotunda

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The Murfreesboro City Hall Art Committee with the Murfreesboro Peace & Justice Art Project announces an exhibition celebrating diversity during Black History Month, showing photographs by Robert Gerhardt of New York City and paintings by Steve Matthews of Murfreesboro.

The artwork is on display until March 14, 2014, Monday through Friday, from 8:00AM to 4:30PM. There will be a reception February 27th at 4:30PM in the Rotunda of City Hall, Murfreesboro.

Steve Matthews, a Murfreesboro resident and owner of Steve’s Fine Art Gallery located at 415 S. Academy St. Murfreesboro, is a self taught artist.  He paints with oils in a photo-realism style.  His portfolio consists of a variety of portraits, landscapes, murals and animals.  Steve says, “It is my desire to preserve a portion of (African) American culture on canvas. This will enable future generations to view who we are: past, present, and future. … I want the younger generation to be inspired by my struggles and ambitions, to know that they too can follow their dreams.”

Robert Gerhardt received his M.F.A. from Lesley University College of Art and Design in Cambridge, MA.  His work is shown internationally. These photographs are part of his series “Muslim/American, American/Muslimwhich is currently on display at Tennessee Tech University.  Gerhardt says, “I desire to look into the stories, people and places that others simply glance at, or overlook completely.  For me, it is not a matter of visiting a place, making photographs and leaving.  It is about getting to know the people and places I photograph, which can only be accomplished over extended periods of time.  It is about trying to step out of my world and into theirs.  To sometimes stop being a photographer and know when to put down the camera, and listen and talk instead.”


For more information see or “MurfreesboroPeaceandJusticeArtProjects” on FaceBook.

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