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Opening Panel Discussion for “Nick Cave: Feat.”

Thursday, October 24, 2019

5:30 PM

Trustmark Grand Hall

Moderated by Kimberly Griffin, Associate Publisher of the Jackson Free Press, the opening panel discussion for the exhibition, Nick Cave: Feat, will feature artist Nick Cave, former Jackson mayor Harvey Johnson, and former Jackson Police Chief and candidate for Hinds County Sheriff Lee Vance, in a discussion of how the themes of race, gun violence, and civic responsibility explored by the artwork on view, impacts their own work in the community and the lives of black boys and men.

*Non-members who wish to attend the members’ opening panel discussion and reception, or view the exhibition on its opening weekend will receive a 10% discount on any Museum membership package through Sunday, October 27, 2019.

Art professor and performance artist Nick Cave was born February 4, 1959 in Fulton, Missouri. As a student at George Washington Carver School in Fulton, Missouri and at West Junior High School in Columbia, Missouri, Cave showed creativity and artistic ability at a young age. Graduating from Hickman High School in 1977, he enrolled in the Kansas City Art Institute where he continued to express himself through both visual art and performance art. In 1979, Cave met Alvin Ailey and spent that summer and several summers thereafter in New York, New York studying with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. After graduating from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1981, he designed displays for the department store, Macy’s, and worked professionally as a fashion designer, while continuing his passions as an artist and dancer. Cave earned his M.F.A. degree from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan in 1988. Joining the faculty of the Art Institute of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois, after his graduation from Cranbrook, Cave has built a reputation as an educator and performance artist, especially with his ritualistic costumes called “soundsuits.”

Harvey Johnson’s career in public service has spanned more than 40 years; he has worked at the federal, state and local levels of government, as well as in the non-profit sector. Johnson received a Bachelor of Science degree in political science from Tennessee State University, and a Master of Arts degree in political science from the University of Cincinnati. He was awarded an honorary degree, Doctor of Humane Letters, from Tougaloo College. Johnson has been a member of the American Society of Public Administration since 1977, and has served two terms as a Council member of the Mississippi Chapter; he received the Chapter’s Local Public Administrator of the Year citation in 1984. In 1997, Johnson made history by being elected Jackson, Mississippi’s first African-American Mayor. In 2001, Jackson voters again chose Johnson for a second four-year term as Mayor of Mississippi’s Capital City. He was elected to a third term in 2009, making him the longest-serving mayor under the City’s mayor-council form of government, which was instituted in 1985. He left office in June of 2013.

Johnson has served on numerous national, regional and local boards and commissions, including serving as President of the National Conference of Black Mayors, a Member of the U.S. Conference of Mayors Advisory Council, and a Member of the Executive Committee of the Democratic National Committee. He also served on the Board of Directors of National Urban Fellows for 25 years, serving as secretary for 11 years. He is a life member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and a life member of the NAACP. Johnson is also a member of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity. He is a charter member of 100 Black Men of Jackson, Inc., where he has served as a mentor for middle school boys since 1993; and he currently serves as Chapter President. Johnson has served as an Assistant Professor, Director of the Mississippi Center for Technology Transfer, and founding Director of the Center for University-Based Development at Jackson State University. Most recently, he served as a consultant to the Institute of Government at Jackson State, where he taught leadership development courses and coordinated a training program for local elected officials.

Lee Vance is a native of Jackson, Mississippi, and a lifelong resident of Hinds County. Educated in the Jackson Public School system, he is a 1976 graduate of Lanier High School. He is also a graduate of Jackson State University with a degree in Mass Communications. In 1987, he graduated from the Jackson Police Department training academy. This was the beginning of a 30 year career with JPD. During that time, Vance served in many different positions. Such as Patrol Officer, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Commander, Acting Deputy Chief and Assistant Chief. In July of 2014, Mayor Tony Yarber named him acting Police Chief. Later that year in October, Mayor Yarber named him Chief of the Jackson Police Department. Chief Vance served in this position until his retirement in December of 2017. During his tenure, Chief Vance received numerous awards and recognitions. Vance is currently running for the office of Hinds County Sheriff.

Kimberly Griffin is the Associate Publisher, also known as the VP of Business and Revenue, for the Jackson Free Press. She is a graduate of Mississippi University for Women and the University of Southern Mississippi. She currently serves on the Mississippi University for Women Alumni Board, The Mississippi Boy Choir Board, as chair of the Greater Jackson Chamber Ambassadors, and Fundraising Chair of the Junior League Jumble. She is also a member of the Rho Lambda Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and president of the Capital Area Sunset Rotary. That list makes people assume a lot of things about her. That mostly works to her advantage. She is an auntie, a decent cook, and an avid traveler. She's not fond of small talk and wants every conversation to be important. She loves black people, and she loves Southern people; sometimes those loves collide, and sometimes they coexist.

Nick Cave: Feat. is a ticketed exhibition. PURCHASE TICKETS
This exhibition and its programming are sponsored by the Ford Foundation, with additional support from Busby Companies.