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AUC Alumna Creates First Lady Portrait for Smithsonian

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Michelle Obama by Amy Sherald

In a Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, ceremony, the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery museum unveiled its portraits of former President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama.

It is the first time in history the museum commissioned African-American artists to paint a president and his wife. The Washington, D.C.-based museum unveiled the paintings in the ceremony attended by both the president and first lady as well as the two artists, one of which is a Clark Atlanta University graduate and a Spelman College International Artist-in-Residence.

Amy Sherald, who lives in Baltimore, received her bachelor’s in painting from CAU in 1997 and became an artist-in-residence at Spelman’s Portobelo, Panama, Summer Art Colony the same year.

For more on the Obamas portraits at the National Portrait Gallery, see: Obama portraits.

For more on Sherald and her work, visit: about Amy Sherald.

 

 

AUC CONSORTIUM COMMUNIVERSITY HOSTS FREE LEGAL FORUM FOR WEST ATLANTA COMMUNITY

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To assist west Atlanta residents with legal issues, COMMUniversity, a program of the Atlanta University Center Consortium, will host “Know Your Rights! Free Legal Information Forum at CAU Money Smart Week,” Tuesday, April 24, 2018, at the Clark Atlanta University Bishop Cornelius P. Henderson Student Center.

COMMUniversity, which represents a commitment by Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, Morehouse School of Medicine, and Spelman College to reach the community, in partnership with the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, attorneys from Atlanta Legal Aid, and members of the Gate City Bar Association, will be on hand to provide free legal tips on expunging a criminal record; obtaining information for children’s rights, such as support payments and Individualized Educational Plans; defending against pushy debt collectors; understanding probates and wills; resolving disputes with difficult landlords; and managing encounters with the police.

Free and open to the public, this forum is one of many programs by COMMUniversity to connect the neighboring community with Atlanta University Center institutions.

For more information on the legal forum and other COMMUniversity events, call 404-523-5148, extension 1525.

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