Wednesday, January 16, 2013

“Transcending the Bars of Prejudice: Nelson Mandela”

David Versluis
Transcending the Bars of Prejudice: Nelson Mandela
Mixed Media Collage (hand-drawings) on canvas board, 1999
16 x 20 inches
Image © David Versluis, all rights reserved

This piece from the past was selected for the 1999–2000, Transforming Visions ’99, an international biennial competitive show organized by Swords into Plowshares Peace Center and Gallery, Detroit, Michigan. The exhibition theme was “Peacemakers Past and Present” and featured artists from the state of Michigan and province of Ontario.

Research included reading the 1995 Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela and Mandela: The Authorized Biography by Anthony Sampson, published in 1999.

Swords Into Plowshares Peace Center & Gallery, which is a ministry of Central United Methodist Church, Detroit, was founded by peace activist and pastor James W. Bristah (1919-2001). Swords Into Plowshares “Brings together the arts and the need for world peace.”  The Center has been recognized by the United Nations as a Peace Gallery.

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