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Arts Program Hosts Opening Reception and Remembrance

UMGC President Gregory Fowler and the Arts Program invite you to the opening reception of Nelson Stevens: Color Rapping and a remembrance of the life of the artist.

An educator and painter renowned for his brightly colored portraits, Stevens created powerful, rhythmic compositions that reveal his technical mastery of the figure. His works are included in many private collections and public museums, such as the Art Institute of Chicago and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. Select pieces were recently featured in the traveling exhibition Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power, organized by Tate Modern in London.

The works in this remarkable exhibition span more than 50 years of the artist’s career, from his pure abstract pieces to his more recognizable figurative paintings. In showcasing these works, the exhibition highlights the political, cultural, and socioeconomic messages in Stevens’s art and style of painting. As an early member of AfriCOBRA and a professor at Northern Illinois University and the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Stevens spent decades alongside leaders of the Black Arts and Black Power movements. His experiences contributed to his legacy of vivid works that celebrate African American culture and achievements. Stevens died on July 22 of this year in Baltimore, Maryland.

At the opening reception, Nadya Stevens, the artist’s daughter, and Leslie King Hammond, PhD, professor emerita, Maryland Institute College of Art, will speak to celebrate the recently deceased artist’s life and honor his work. Attendees will be invited to share their memories of Stevens.

The Springfield Museums in Massachusetts will host Nelson Stevens: Color Rapping at the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts from March 4 to September 3, 2023.

Opening Reception

Sunday, October 2, 2022
3–5 p.m.
Face masks are optional.

For more information, call 301-985-7937 or email   


Exhibition Dates

September 25, 2022–January 8, 2023

Exhibition Hours

9 a.m.–9 p.m. daily


UMGC Arts Program Gallery, Lower Level
University of Maryland Global Campus
College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
3501 University Boulevard East
Adelphi, MD 20783 | Directions