Legendary blues musician exhibition comes to San Jacinto College: ‘A Cast of Blues’ features life masks of blues legends

08.15.2017 | By Andrea Vasquez

HOUSTON – Art and music lovers alike will enjoy the interactive traveling art exhibition, “A Cast of Blues,” featuring resin-cast masks of legendary blues musicians as it makes a stop on its national tour at the San Jacinto College South Campus Gallery from Sept. 1 to Oct. 20.

In a partnership with the Houston Blues Society, the College’s South Campus Gallery continues to curate engaging art and educational experiences through collaborative partnerships that provide unique opportunities to the College and surrounding community.

“The San Jacinto College South Campus Gallery is very excited to bring ‘A Cast of Blues’ to the Houston area,” said Jeff McGee, San Jacinto College art professor and South Campus Gallery curator. “The resin masks of the featured blues musicians are touchable by visitors, providing a level of intimacy not usually found in a gallery setting. These masks were created by Sharon McConnell-Dickerson, a visually impaired artist who has harnessed her unique tactile abilities and decided to share them with the world through the technique of life casting.”

Featured musician life masks include Bo Diddley, Bobby Rush, Ruth Brown, Pinteop Perkins and more. The exhibition also features color photographs of blues artists and the juke joints they played by acclaimed photographer Ken Murphy.

An opening reception for “A Cast of Blues” will be held on Friday, Sept. 1 from 5 to 8 p.m., in the San Jacinto College South Campus Marie Spence Flickinger Fine Arts Center (Building 15) lobby. The event will feature a live music performance from renown Houston blues guitarist Milton Hopkins from 5 to 6 p.m., presented by the Houston Blues Society. The event is free and open to the public. The South Campus Gallery is located in room S15.143. Gallery hours are Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., and Friday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

For more information on “A Cast of Blues” or to schedule a group tour or class fieldtrip, contact Jeff McGee at jeffrey.mcgee@sjcd.edu.


About San Jacinto College

Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, since 1961. As a fiscally sound institution, the College currently holds bond ratings of AA and Aa2 by Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s, respectively. San Jacinto College is a 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence Rising Star Award recipient and an Achieving the Dream Leader College. Approximately 45,000 credit and non-credit students each semester benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success. The College offers eight areas of study that prepare a diverse body of students to transfer to four-year colleges or universities or enter the workforce with the skills needed to support the growing industries along the Texas Gulf Coast. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.

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