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Rosa: The Works of Bryan Collier

February 24, 2021 to run continuously
Made possible by the generous art donation from Mr. Arthur Primus

The University Galleries is proud to host the virtual exhibition entitled, Rosa: The Works of Bryan Collier.

The exhibition was made possible through the generous art donation from Mr. Arthur Primus to the university of 30 works of art, including works by artists Bryan Collier and Curtis James.  The exhibition, Rosa, features works by Collier that illustrate the 2005 children’s book, Rosa, written by poet and activist Nikki Giovanni. Rosa Parks sparked the Civil Rights Movement by refusing to give up her seat in Montgomery, Alabama.

Bryan Collier is an artist, author and illustrator who uses watercolor and collage to create his masterful illustrations.

A graduate of Pratt Institute, Collier pursued a career in children’s illustration after feeling like the current children’s book market had no connection to him or his children. He decided to change that. While at Pratt, he was a volunteer at the Harlem Horizon Art Studio located within the Harlem Hospital Center.

The center is open to the children of the hospital as well as the children of the community. He later became the Program Director, a position he held for twelve years. He continues to volunteer for the organization to this day. Collier has since received numerous awards for his writing and illustrations, including four Caldecott Honors, and nine Coretta Scott King Awards (three honors and six winners). For one of his earliest books, Uptown, Collier also received the Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Award.

This opening will be highlighted by a virtual program on February 24, 2021, at 6 p.m. featuring Bryan Collier. The artist will discuss his work as an acclaimed artist and African American children’s book illustrator. The program will be facilitated by noted actress and author, Angela Ray. The program is free and open to the public. 

The registration Zoom link is here:

The public also can go online to for other cultural opportunities such as the virtual exhibit entitled “Black Art Matters." Currently the University Galleries is hosting on-site exhibitions. Social distancing and groups of 10 or less will be observed.

The University Galleries are located in the Dudley Building, 202 University Circle, off East Market Street on the A&T campus.


Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and Saturday by appointment only.


Learn more at or by calling 336-334-3209.

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