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Tyrone Geter One of Neema Fine Art Gallery’s Artists in Charleston, SC, is Awarded Residency to Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, NY

January 28, 2019

Neema Fine Art Gallery artist, illustrator and educator, Tyrone Geter has accepted an invitation from The Corporation of Yaddo to participate in a 3 week residency at the prestigious Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, NY, from Feb. 21-Mar. 13, 2019. In accepting the invitation, Geter will join the ranks of some of the world’s most accomplished and iconic artists in both 20th and 21st centuries who have taken up residency at Yaddo. American novelist and short story writer, John Cheever, wrote that the “forty or so acres on which the principal buildings of Yaddo stand have seen more distinguished activity in the arts than any other piece of ground in the English-speaking community and perhaps the world.”

Collectively, Yaddo artists have won 74 Pulitzer Prizes, 29 MacArthur Fellowships, 68 National Book Awards, and a Nobel Prize. Notable Yaddo artists through the turn of the millennium include James Baldwin, Jacob Lawrence, Langston Hughes, Leonard Bernstein, Truman Capote, Aaron Copland, Philip Guston, Patricia Highsmith, Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath, Martin Puryear, Katherine Anne Porter, Amy Sillman, Clyfford Still, and David Foster Wallace. More recent guests include Terry Adkins, Laurie Anderson, Jeffrey Eugenides, Sheri Fink, and Matthew Weiner. Yaddo currently welcomes approximately 220 guests a year from all over the world. Though much has changed since 1900, Yaddo’s mission has remained constant. In recent years the Board of Directors has reasserted Yaddo’s commitment to aesthetic daring, social egalitarianism and internationalism, and the support of artists at political risk.

In a career that spans across two continents, Tyrone Geter has built an international reputation as a world-class artist, painter, sculptor, illustrator and teacher. The recently retired Associate Professor of Art at Benedict College in Columbia, SC, grew up in Anniston, AL, during a time defined by strict segregation laws and social injustice. With a population of less that 25,000, Anniston was a site of numerous acts of racial violence during the Civil Rights Era. The immediacy of these events and an inherited legacy of spiritual strength and fortitude against all the odds inform and shape Geter’s work.

Geter received his Master’s of Fine Art from Ohio University in 1978 with an emphasis on painting and drawing. In 1979, Geter relocated to his beloved and deceased wife’s home country of Zaria, Nigeria, a move that proved to be a turning point in his development and growth as an artist. For seven years he lived, drew and painted among the Fulani and local people of Northern Nigeria. During this period he created numerous paintings that captured the richness and depth of the cultures of Northern Nigeria. He describes the experience as an experience that taught him ”to understand the nature of life in a society where life was nature and sometimes both hard and cruel.” Those seven years in Nigeria proved to be the most important influence in his life and art. He returned to the United States in 1987 and a teaching position at the University of Akron where he transformed his experience in Nigeria into the most powerful work of his career.

His work has been exhibited at the Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, SC, Florence Museum of Art, Florence, SC, City Gallery at Waterfront Park, Charleston, SC, Center for Afro-American Artists, Boston, MA; Butler Institute for American Art, Youngstown, OH; Hampton Institute College Museum, Hampton, VA; Museum of Fine Art, Boston, MA, to name a few. His honors include first place, MOJA Arts Festival, Charleston, SC; first place Robert Duncanson Award from Taft Museum, Cincinnati, OH; artist fellowship grant from Foundation for the Arts and Humanities, Boston, MA and grant from Columbus, Ohio Arts Council.

Edmund Barry Gaither, director and curator of the Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists, and consultant at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston is quoted as saying, “Geter has distinguished himself as a consummate realist able to render in spirit and form a world of peoples–especially black people. His eyes, honed over decades, miss no characteristic gestures, nor do they overlook any hidden features of peculiar interest. His grasp of color allows him to express skin tones with unmatched radiance and accuracy. His hands deftly outline with elegance and power the physical features of his subjects.” Gaither goes on to say, “It cannot be questioned that he knows how to construct space, and fill it with figures and artifacts whether drawn or painted, of exceptional beauty and grace. In short, Geter is a fully developed wizard of his media, endowed with enormous psychological perception and intellectual wit, and he has shown repeatedly that he can coral these powers in the production of his art.” Gaither concludes that, “Tyrone Geter creates compositions that indisputably speak of black realities from black perspectives, while they are also profoundly American. Through pathos, humor and acidic commentary, Geter’s art presents a new visual vocabulary for America’s intractable problems of racial justice, social acceptance, and collective healing.”

Will South, chief curator of the Columbia Museum of Art said, “Geter explores through his art the thorny issue of uniting different ethnicities in America and understanding each other without stereotypes. Tyrone takes that on,” South said. “He’s not a politician, and yet he is. By default, he makes statements that people listen to, and that’s powerful.”

Geter himself said, “My work is not supposed to allow you to walk past and not feel. I believe that one of our problems in society is that we’ve learned not to care. We see something happening to someone, we say ‘oh, wow, that’s too bad,’ and you go on about your business and that keeps happening. Mine was to make us feel like we are one with the human race.”

Geter is represented by Neema Fine Art Gallery, Charleston, SC’s newest art gallery featuring original works of art by both established and standout emerging African-American artists who are from or who currently reside in South Carolina. Located at 3 Broad St., Ste. 100, and positioned at the start of Charleston’s Historic Gallery Row, ironically Neema Fine Art Gallery is located in the former home of Walkers, Evans and Cogswell, printers of lithograph copies of the Articles of Secession and Confederate money and bonds. It is rumored that the basement of 3 Broad was also part of the Underground Railroad.

Gallery owner, Meisha Johnson says she, “can’t think of a better artist on which to bestow the honor of a residency at Yaddo upon at this critical point in history than artist, illustrator and educator Tyrone Geter. Tyrone consistently and unequivocally produces groundbreaking work that affirms, uplifts, challenges and reveals, consequently creating a path to racial and social healing. We look forward to seeing what works Tyrone is inspired to create as a result of his experience at Yaddo.”

For additional information, contact Meisha Johnson, Owner, Curator & Gallery Director at Neema Fine Art a Gallery at (neemagallery@gmail.com), call 843/353-8079 or visit (www.neemagallery.com).

Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC, Adds Works by African-American Artists to Its Collection

September 13, 2015

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The Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC, announces the acquisition of art by Tyrone Geter, Charles Ethan Porter, and Joseph Norman, three prominent African-American artists all new to the collection. Porter’s 19th-century still life, Norman’s contemporary lithographs, and Geter’s recent large-scale drawing collectively help tell the story of African Americans in South Carolina and in American history. For over four decades, the CMA has been committed to exhibiting African-American art and cultural heritage. The museum’s collection includes work by more than 30 African-American artists, including Romare Bearden, John Biggers, Beverly Buchanan, Elizabeth Catlett, William H. Johnson, Betye Saar, SC artist Leo Twiggs, Carrie Mae Weems, and others.

Tyrone Geter’s “I Don Old, I Don Tire But I Ain’t Done Yet”, a gift made possible by Dr. and Mrs. Benjamin J. Gimarc, is a powerful charcoal drawing. Geter, who has worked and exhibited across the United States as well as in Nigeria, is a teacher of drawing and painting and manager of The Ponder Fine Arts Gallery at Benedict College in Columbia, SC. The charcoal drawing is from Geter’s series “Ain’t I a Woman” that examines the role of African-American women in culture and community, and is inspired by Geter’s own mother. He writes of the piece, “My mother once told me ‘sometimes she felt like she didn’t have no life.’ That statement made with so much honesty, conviction, and passion yet free of even a hint of self-pity has throughout my career been one of the guiding principles of not only how I live my life, and relate to other people, but has also profoundly influenced the philosophy of my art.”

The striking oil painting, “Roses in a Green Vase” (c.1885-90) by Charles Ethan Porter (American, c.1847-1923), a museum purchase, is a treasure by a rediscovered master. Porter, the son of a poor laborer, was one of the first African-American artists to study at the National Academy of Design in New York, and later studied in Paris. “The acquisition of this lovely painting by the Columbia Museum of Art allows us to more fully show how African-American art has always been a part of American cultural life,” says Chief Curator Will South. Though Porter faced difficulties throughout his life, compounded by racism in the art world and society at large, his mastery and contributions to American art ensure that his name belongs in the canon of great American painters.

Two sets of lithographs by Joseph Norman are gifts from collectors Kerry and Betty Davis of Georgia and Donnell and Dorothea Walker of Pennsylvania through the efforts of CMA board member D. Delores Logan, who also serves on the board of the CMA as well as its membership affiliate group Friends of African-American Art and Culture (FAAAC). Norman is a professor of drawing and painting at the University of Georgia’s Lamar Dodd School of Art in Athens, GA. To celebrate this donation, the CMA has placed “The Art of Joseph Norman” on view through Feb. 7, 2016, in Gallery 15. These works include the complete series “Out at Home: The Negro Baseball League, Volume 1”, and “Patti’s Little White Lies”. “Out at Home”, a set of nine lithographs, explores the great accomplishments of African-American baseball greats like Jackie Robinson and Josh Gibson while also confronting the racist system in which these athletes worked and struggled. The five lithographs in “Patti’s Little White Lies” comprise a deeply personal series, using art to deal with guilt and shame related to Norman’s own experiences of being falsely accused of a crime. Both series are challenging and reflective, yet also starkly beautiful.

“We have been committed and passionate about building our collection of art by African Americans,” says CMA Executive Director Karen Brosius. “We have a collection that tells the story of everyone in our community, and these new additions contribute an invaluable and impactful piece of that story. We look forward to fostering even more engagement with our audiences with these new works through a diversity of programming and exhibitions for years to come.”

For further information call the Museum at 803/799-2810 or visit (www.columbiamuseum.org).

Final Award from “Carolina’s Got Art!” Competition and Exhibition Held in Charlotte, NC, was Given to Tyrone Geter

July 29, 2015

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Carolina’s Got Art! (CGA!), North and South Carolina’s most anticipated juried art competition, awarded $26,000 in cash and prizes to winners at opening receptions at Elder Gallery, in Charlotte, NC, held during May and June, 2015. Mediums including paintings, photography, sculptures, weavings, drawings, glass and ceramics were included. CGA! continues to build on the success of its past competitions and attracted just under 3,000 entries this year.

For those not selected by this year’s juror for the main exhibit of Carolina’s Got Art!, a second show, chosen by Larry Elder, owner of Elder Gallery, where 125 pieces were exhibited during the month of June.

Tyrone Geter of Columbia, SC, was selected as the “People’s Choice” award winner in Carolina’s Got Art! Salon 2015 competition. His powerful drawing on torn paper entitled “Backache” won him a cash award of $500.

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Backache by Tyrone Geter

In 2009, as a reaction to the economy’s impact on local artists, Charlotte gallery owner, Larry Elder, brought Carolina’s Got Art! to life to provide financial support to Carolina artists. Now in its fourth year, Carolina’s Got Art! has emerged as the pre-eminent competition, exhibition and sale for Carolina-based artists and will have awarded over $60,000 in prizes since its inception.

“When I founded Carolina’s Got Art! in 2009, I wanted to create a competition that would support local artists and help showcase the amazing talent within our two-state area,” says Elder. “For many artists, juried competitions are an important part of launching and sustaining successful careers. Our goal is to continue to offer opportunities to support their livelihood and to encourage their creative process.”

For further information visit (www.carolinasgotart.com).