February 22, 2016
Topic: Arts & Culture
This image from the book "Ebony Sea" illustrated by Jon Onye Lockard and written by Irene Smalls is among works presented in the exhibit "Jon Onye Lockard: Celebrating His Life and Legacy." (Illustration by Jon Onye Lockard)
Artist and educator Jon Onye Lockard, who died in 2015, was a founder of the U-M Department of Afroamerican and African Studies and a mentor to many on the University of Michigan campus and beyond. His paintings can be viewed across the U-M campus, including several murals in residence hall lounges.
The exhibit “Jon Onye Lockard: Celebrating His Life and Legacy, 1932-2015,” honors the life and work of the late U-M professor. He was instrumental in the development of African-American arts and culture at U-M. His artistic style captured the spirit of civil rights and black pride.
The exhibit can be viewed from 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, 1-6 p.m. Saturday and 1-10 p.m. Sunday through May 15 in the Fine Arts Library, 855 S. University Ave.
Join a reception from 3-6 p.m. Feb. 23 in the library with Leslie Kamil, the artist's widow. Light refreshments will be served.