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Press Release: Art @ the Y presents “I Have Something To Say,” The Work of Marilynn Dean Cleveland

Self-taught Urbana artist Marilynn Dean Cleveland has a lot to say, and a lot to share with the world. From May 29 through August 24, 2014, the University YMCA presents, “I Have Something To Say,” the work of Marilynn Dean Cleveland curated by Art @ the Y, an initiative of the University YMCA. The paintings selected for this exhibition share her vision and experiences as a Black woman, with narratives centering on Black history, her own personal story, and her faith. 

The University YMCA will host an opening reception to the public on Thursday, May 29 at 5pm in the Y’s Murphy Gallery, 1001 South Wright Street, Champaign, Illinois. The opening reception is a good opportunity for the Champaign-Urbana community to learn more about the artist’s work and about making art with the public in mind.

Marilynn started making art as a young woman, using found materials such as house paint, cardboard and ashes to fulfill her profound need to create. Her prolific work includes paintings, multimedia collage, and an array of miniatures formed from and painted on sometimes surprising materials.  Her art illuminates the importance of overcoming differences through understanding, of the value of reflection in that process, and the significance of learning through stories. Her art is an undeniable expression of her personal determination and life-long hope for change.

Art at the Y is delighted to showcase the work of Marilynn Dean Cleveland as our 2014 summer exhibition, on view at the University YMCA through August 24. Art @ the Y is an initiative of the University YMCA. All Art at the Y events are free and open to the public.

Parking Nearby: Parking lot on 6th between Daniel & Chalmers – Free after 5pm. Parking garage on 6th & John – Free after 5pm. Street parking on Wright, Chalmers, & 6th Streets for 75¢ per hour. Municipal lot on Green & 5th Streets for $1 per hour.

Press Release: For Immediate Release

May 13, 2014

For media inquiries, contact: Ann Rasmus, Program Director

[217-337-1500, ann@universityymca.org]

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