Artist Reception "The Art of Photography: Through the Eyes of Earl J. Hooks"

24jun6:00 pm8:00 pmArtist Reception "The Art of Photography: Through the Eyes of Earl J. Hooks"

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The Art of Photography: Through the Eyes of Earl
J. Hooks

Exhibit dates: June 16 – July 29, 2023
ARTfactory, 9419 Battle St, Manassas, VA 20110

: June 24, 6 pm – 8 pm
(Hosted by the Prince William County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta
Sorority, Inc.)
This free event includes live music by Theo Scott and refreshments.

Panel Discussion
: July 15, 2 pm – 4 pm

Exhibition Summary
The ARTfactory celebrates the life, and photography of nationally
renowned artist, Earl J. Hooks (1927-2005). For the first time, The Art of
Photography: Through the Eyes of Earl J Hooks brings together fifty photographs
spanning over sixty years of the artist’s oeuvre. Well known in the second half
of the 20th century for his sculpture and ceramics, The Art of Photography
recontextualizes Hooks’ legacy through careful pairings of photographs and
three dimensional works. Elevating the artist’s nuanced interest in color,
shape, texture, depth, and space, The Art of Photography builds visual
connections that redefine Hooks’ studio practice. The ARTfactory is pleased to
announce this retrospective is co-curated by Manassas resident, Earl Hooks Jr.

Earl J. Hooks’ photography is accompanied by QR codes linking his photography
to rarely seen film footage by the artist. These QR codes are courtesy of the
artist’s family.

The exhibition will also address the artist’s history with the local and
national chapters of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. The exhibition reception
is sponsored by longtime supporters of the ARTfactory, the Prince William County Alumnae
Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc

About the Artist
Earl J. Hooks was born August 2, 1927 in Baltimore, Maryland. He graduated from
Howard University in 1952, and studied under Lois Malou Jones, James Porter,
and James Wells. Hooks went on to complete his graduate studies in 1954 at the
Rochester Institute (previously known as the School of American Craftsmen)
under Frans Wildenhain. He taught at Shaw University in NC, Indiana University
NW Campus, Indiana Public Schools, and at Fisk University in TN, where he
worked as both a professor and chair of the art department for 28 years.

Throughout his career, Hooks has exhibited many photographs along with other
mediums of art. Hooks’ works have been displayed in exhibitions at the
Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., the Art Institute of Chicago, Fisk
University in Nashville, Howard University, John Herron School of Art in
Indianapolis, Ind., University of Rochester in New York, Clark Atlanta
University in Atlanta, Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, N.Y., Fort Wayne
Museum of Art in Indiana, Miami National in Florida, University of Delaware and
in Lagos, Nigeria. Hooks is cited in over 40 publications, and participated in
the pivotal “Two Centuries of Black American Art” exhibition curated by David
Driskell at LACMA in 1976. This historic exhibition was recently featured in
the HBO documentary “Black Art: In the Absence of Light” (2021).

History with Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
The exhibition’s reception on Saturday,
June 24
is sponsored by the local Prince William County Alumnae
Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Earl J. Hooks participated in many
exhibitions sponsored by local and national chapters of Delta Sigma Theta
Sorority, Inc throughout his career. Hooks’ earliest documented involvement
with the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority was over 50 years ago with the
Winston-Salem Alumnae Chapter in 1972. Earl J. Hooks was a lender and
participant to the 1972 “Reflections” exhibition sponsored by the Winston-Salem
Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Hooks was later
commissioned by the National Delta Sigma Theta organization to create the
Osceola Award in 1985. This award was presented to legendary opera star
Leontyne Price at the National Delta Convention in Dallas, TX. A replica
edition of the commissioned Osceola Award will be on display during Hooks’
photographic exhibition. The Artist Reception is a salute to the Delta
organization, recognizing them for their unwavering support in the field of the

Artist Panel Discussion
To coincide with the Earl J. Hooks exhibition, ARTfactory is hosting an
Artist Panel Discussion on Saturday,
July 15, 2 pm to 4 pm
. The topics of this panel discussion concentrate on
Hooks as an artist, photographer, educator, and his lasting impact on the art
world. Of particular interest is Hooks’ personal and professional relationships
with the artists on the panel. This event includes artists William M. Duffy, Ed
, John Simmons, as well
as scholars Melanee Harvey and Halima Taha.


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