Exhibition is a Portrait of Teen Fathers and Their Children

Syracuse, NY – The Community Folk Art Center, 805 East Genesee Street in Syracuse, will present the exhibition “The Fathers’ Project.” The exhibition features the works of Ellen Blalock and will be on view from June 2nd through June 29th, 2007. There will be an artist reception and gallery talk on Saturday, June 2nd, 2007 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The exhibition is a portrait of teen fathers and their children, told through photographs, audio and video presentations. Regular Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Ellen Blalock received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Photography from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and received her Master of Arts degree in Photography from Syracuse University. She has exhibited her work in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States. She is currently Photo Editor at the Post-Standard in Syracuse, New York. She has also served as a Visiting Artist and Assistant Professor at Georgia Southern University and as a Temporary Assistant Professor of Art History at Georgia College and State University. She has also been an Artist in Residence at Light Work in Syracuse.

CFAC will continue its Cinema Thursday series with a screening of the film BEEN RICH ALL MY LIFE. The film, directed by Heather Lyn MacDonald, tells the story of the Silver Belles, a troupe of women tap dancers, ages eighty-four to ninety-six. The women met in the 1930’s as chorus dancers at the Apollo and the Cotton Club. When the Big Band era ended, the women went into other work. They regrouped in 1985 and are still performing regularly. Admission for the film is $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for students and $1.00 for ages three and under.

For more information about the exhibition and film, please call the Community Folk Art Center at 442-2230. The Community Folk Art Center is a program of the Department of African American Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences at Syracuse University.