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On Feb. 8, artist Sonya Clark will deliver the opening lecture for “AU VI: Department of Art and Art History Studio Faculty Exhibition.” The exhibition is on view Feb. 9 through April 7 at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art. Her presentation “A thread, a hair, a lineage” will be held at 6 p.m. in the museum’s auditorium. Employing media including textiles, fibers and human hair. Clark creates art that addresses history, politics, race and culture. She has exhibited in over 350 museums around the world and many of her pieces reside in the permanent collections of major museums in the United States. Clark is a professor of art at Amherst College and is a recipient of numerous awards and fellowships in recognition of her artistic and academic achievements.

Clark’s lecture and the reception that follows are free and open to the public. Seating is limited and attendees are encouraged to register at Clark will sign copies of her book “The Hair Craft Project” during the reception, and copies will be available for purchase in the museum shop. Admission to the museum is free with a suggested donation of $5.