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Black History Month Art Display

By Kayt Ludi
Black History Month

To celebrate Black History Month, Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC) presented an art exhibit entitled “Civil Rights in America” at the beginning of the year.  The exhibit featured seven photos and nine photomontages by Stephen Marc.

The images encompassed important events, figures, and landmarks in the context of Black history and the civil rights movement in the United States. Some of Marc’s pieces depicted President Obama on the campaign trail, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, activist Angela Davis, and a montage of different sites involved in the tragedy of Emmett Till.

Another montage showed marchers here in Phoenix commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, with the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D. C. as a backdrop. And hovering in the ‘sky’ of the montage was an image from an 1864 issue of Harper’s Weekly, entitled “Emancipated Slaves, White and Colored.”

According to Austin Shepard, Director of Academic Enrichment at EMCC and who was instrumental in organizing the display, “Stephen Marc was a great choice for the Black History Month Art Display because of his strong interest in Black History and student success.”

Stephen Marc is a professor of art in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University. Marc describes himself as “a photographer/digital montage artist engaged in weaving together, and bringing to life, the places and remnants of the African Diaspora, with an emphasis on United States history.” Marc describes his work as “an interpretative relocation of, and commentary on the limited representations and accounts of the black experience, into the early years of the 20th century, that were usually defined from outside the community.”

To learn more about the artist and see samples of his work, please visit: