On the second floor of the gallery, acclaimed artist Synthia SAINT JAMES presents her first 12 commissioned Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) paintings as giclees on canvas. These works, created between 2011 and 2019, include commissions unveiled in association with the installation of a new university president at several prestigious HBCUs. The California-born, self-taught artist draws inspiration from her African American, Native American, Haitian and German Jewish heritage in her brightly colored paintings. In HBCUs: Creating Power Through Education, she celebrates the institutes of higher learning, their historic anniversaries, and their inaugurations of presidents. SAINT JAMES is the official poster artist for the 2019 MOJA Arts Festival. To learn more about this exhibition and Synthia SAINT JAMES, visit the City Gallery website, here.