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RCC-RILL focuses on African-American artist

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The art of Henry Ossawa Tanner

“Henry Ossawa Tanner, 1859-1937: Philadelphian, Painter, Expatriate” will be the subject of an upcoming course from the Rappahannock Community College Educational Foundation’s Rappahannock Institute for Lifelong Learning (RILL). The Rev. Dr. Kathleen V. Price will teach the three sessions on September 28, and October 5 and 12 (Fridays), from 1 to 3 p.m., at RCC’s Glenns Campus, Room 112.

Who was Henry Ossawa Tanner? Why was he largely ignored by historians? This course will provide an opportunity to look at the life and work of this distinguished African-American artist. Though he is best known for his “Banjo Lesson” (owned by Hampton University), all of his work—both sacred and profane—is hauntingly beautiful. Tanner’s pieces are described as “realistic and transcendent,” and his “evocative use of a kind of spiritual light” resulted from careful studies of Rembrandt.

The Reverend Dr. Kathleen Vermillion Price is a retired Episcopal priest doing interim ministry at St. George’s Church in Newport News. She has degrees in interior design, art history, counseling, and divinity. Her doctoral work was in Biblical art, with particular attention to Rembrandt and Van Gogh.

Advance registration, with a tuition payment of $35, is required to take this course. For more information on “Henry Ossawa Tanner, 1859-1937: Philadelphian, Painter, Expatriate” and other RILL courses, or to register, call RCC’s Educational Foundation office at 804-333-6707 or email .

The Educational Foundation expresses sincere appreciation to Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury for their generous support of RILL in 2018.

posted 09.06.2018

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