GreenHill's inaugural exhibition at the Steven Tanger Center for the Performing Arts presents a vibrant cross-section of artists creating portraiture who currently work in Greensboro. The artists reflect the rich, cultural diversity of our community and represent many of the state’s leading exponents of the genre. Greensboro Portraits features: Steven Cozart, Darlene McClinton, Victoria Carlin Milstein, Kate Mitchell, and Sam Wade in the East Gallery and Paige Cox, Rebecca Fagg, JEKS, James C. McMillan and Juie Ratley III in the West Gallery. All works are presented in reproduction.
Greensboro Portraits is organized and curated by GreenHill Center for North Carolina Art in partnership with Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro and the Steven Tanger Center for the Performing Arts.
Dr. John and Barbara Lusk Gallery (East)
Steven M. Cozart
Pawn in the Game I, 2019 acrylic and resin casting on wooden chessboard 12 x 12 inches stevenmcozart.com
Steven M. Cozart teaches at Weaver Academy for Performing & Visual Arts and Advanced Technology in Greensboro. His work has been exhibited at the Greenville Museum of Arts, Center for Visual Arts, GreenHill Center for North Carolina Art, and African American Atelier. In 2018 he was awarded the Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize from the Center of Documentary Studies at Duke University.
My Mother Cuts My Bangs, 2020 linocut print on Rives BFK paper, 1/4 20 x 20 inches katemitchellart.com
Kate Mitchell is from Greensboro, North Carolina, and has a Bachelor of Arts from Guilford College, where she majored in printmaking and minored in creative writing. Mitchell specializes in highly detailed color linocuts depicting subjects such as animals, portraits, and in animate objects. Mitchell is currently making color linocut prints at her home studio.
Darlene McClinton attended Grimsley High School and studied at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (NCA&T), Howard University and University of North Carolina Greensboro. She currently teaches at NCA&T and is an owner of The Artist Bloc LLC, an arts venue that showcases emerging artists in Greensboro.
Victoria Carlin Milstein
Our Friend Max, 2010 charcoal on paper 17 x 10 inches vcmstudio.com
Victoria Carlin Milstein studied at The School of Visual Arts in New York City and the Bezalel Academy of Art in Jerusalem. Her portraits figure in collections of the Jewish Theological Seminary, Supreme Court of North Carolina, and Bezeal Artist House. Her works have been featured at the Hecksher Museum of Fine Art and the Menachem Begin Heritage Center Museum. She maintains a studio in downtown Greensboro.
Sam Wade attended high school in Greensboro at Weaver Academy for Performing and Visual Arts and Advanced Technologies. He went on to study fine art at Middle Tennessee State University and worked in Nashville for ten years. In 2017, he moved back to Greensboro to start Foundry Studios and Gallery and is now painting full-time.
Susan and Joseph Nehman Gallery (West)
Lila, 2007 oil on canvas on masonite 19.25 x 19.25 inches rebeccagfagg.com private collection
Rebecca Fagg graduated from UNCG’s studio art program. Fagg has held solo exhibitions in New York, Asheville and Atlanta, and her works figure in collections of the North Carolina Museum of Art, Weatherspoon Museum of Art and the Weaver Foundation among others. Fagg is the recipient of a United Arts Council Emerging Artist Grant and a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant.
James C. McMillan
James Ephraim McGirt (1874-1930), 1990 oil on canvas 26 x 20 inches Collection of City of Greensboro McGirt-Horton Branch Library
James C. McMillan served of the Chair of the Art Department of both Bennett College and Guilford College in Greensboro. He holds degrees from Howard University and Catholic University and was the first African-American to receive a fellowship to Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. McMillan is a co-founder of the African American Atelier in the Greensboro Cultural Center. His work can be found at the Weatherspoon Art Museum and other prominent university collections.
First you dream, then you lace up your boots (Portia White), 2019 spray paint on brick, Halifax, Nova Scotia 22 x 25 feet jeksone.com
Graffiti/mural artist JEKS is a pioneering member of Greensboro’s street-art scene. His murals are now scattered across the US, Canada and South America. Over the past three years JEKS has produced mural commissions for Pabst Blue Ribbon, Red Bull, Warner Media Group, and United Way among others.
Paige Cox is a fiber artist and Greensboro creative leader who founded Reconsidered Goods, a makers’ lab, community art studio and retail store featuring donated materials that would normally fill local landfills. Cox’s felt sculptures marketed under the label “Lulugroove” have been exhibited and sold nationally.
Juie Rattley III received his MFA from University of North Carolina Greensboro where he was awarded the Adelaide Fortune Holderness Fellowship and the inaugural Maud Gatewood Painting Scholarship as an undergraduate. Rattley participated in Guilford County’s “Artist in the Schools” outreach program and teaches at Guilford Technical Community College.