Alfred University Group to Facilitate Creation of Mosaic of Horace Pippin to Highlight Equality & Social Justice

PHOTO: Horace PippinMIDDLETOWN, N.Y. –Art Force 5, a group of Alfred University students and alumni that uses community-based art to inspire discussion on topics of equality and social justice, will appear at SUNY Orange on Thursday, March 14 to create a community-painted mosaic of Horace Pippin (right).

Pippin was a self-taught African-American painter whose subject matter ranged from depictions of trench warfare to historical, religious, and genre paintings, all executed with personal interpretations of those subjects. Pippin was born in Pennsylvania in 1888 but moved with his family to Goshen at the age of 3.

Artfoce 5 will be at SUNY Orange from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., welcoming visitors to the first floor lobby (by the entrance from the Alumni Green) of the Rowley Center for Science and Engineering on the College’s Middletown campus. Students, faculty, staff and local community members are invited to drop by to paint a tile that will comprise a 4-feet by 4-feet Pippin mosaic.

Members of Art Force 5 will also engage visitors in conversations regarding social justice. Once completed, the mosaic will be on display at the college. There are plans for Art Force 5 to visit SUNY Ulster and SUNY Sullivan, and all three mosaics will be featured this summer as part of an exhibit in Harlem.

Admission is free.

Pippin, who spent 20 years in Goshen before moving to Paterson, N.J., was the first African-American painter to express his concerns about war and social-political injustices in his art, and his compositions on those themes are forceful and striking. He was also the first African-American to have paintings accepted by the West Chester (Pa.) County Art Association. Among his most renowned works are his three paintings of John Brown, the abolitionist.

Founded in 2006 at Alfred University, Art Force 5 has received national recognition for its unique diversity training and its interactive community-based art, and has a proven record of engaging communities through creativity.

For more information on the March 14 event, contact Lorraine Lopez-Janove, diversity coordinator at SUNY Orange at


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Mike Albright
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