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  • to Melanie Espinal:

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund
    One Hamden Center, 2319 Whitney Avenue, Suite 2B, Hamden, CT 06518
    CONTACT: Liz Antle-O’Donnell, Media Liaison
    PHONE: (203) 623-6683; EMAIL: AExhibit@wcgmf.org
    ART AS CATALYST FOR CHANGE: EXHIBITION CONFRONTS RACISM
    Graustein Memorial Fund presents: The Rise and Fail of the N-Word by Rhinold Ponder
    NEW HAVEN, February 15th – March 18th, 2018: The William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund presents:
    The Rise and Fail of the N-Word: Implicit Bias and the N-Word Living in our Subconscious by Rhinold
    Ponder, at Kehler Liddell Gallery (873 Whalley Avenue), with an opening reception on Wednesday,
    February 21st,
    6-9pm, featuring a conversation with the artist moderated by Enroue Halfkenny at 7:30pm. The
    opening is free and open to the public, but reservations are required.

    The Rise and Fail of the N-Word, by New Jersey based artist Rhinold Ponder, challenges the lack of
    a common language in our efforts to understand and communicate across perspectives about racism.
    This provocative exhibition contains work created by Ponder himself, as well as work commissioned
    by Ponder that includes a series of “N-Word Logos” created by artists worldwide. The
    exhibition seeks to engage viewers in an emotional and often redemptive dialogue.

    “In my artwork, I try to offer the viewer a narrative about race, and the issue of racism, which is
    one of the most important discussions we need to have in this country, but also one of the most
    difficult,” says Ponder. “I’m not there to tell [viewers] what to think … the work is there to help
    them think.”

    This exhibition is brought to New Haven by the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund (WCGMF),
    marking a new venture for WCGMF to work with art and artists to create opportunities for discussion
    around race and poverty in our society.

    “The ‘N’ Word is intrinsically embedded in the implicit bias that affects people who are charged
    with the success of children of color in our community,” says Executive Director David Addams.

    Rhinold Ponder is a mixed-media artist from Princeton, New Jersey. He began his artistic journey as
    an award-winning winning artist in Chicago, where he majored in commercial art at a vocational high
    school, before obtaining advanced degrees in law, journalism, and African American studies. Much of
    Ponder’s work reflects his love of explosive colorful abstract and expressionist art with a focus
    on humanity’s faith and will to overcome adversity. He is largely interested in expressions of hope
    and faith as unifying elements in a diverse society. His work has been exhibited worldwide. For
    more information, visit: http://www.ponderart.com.
    William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund’s mission is to achieve equity in education by working with
    those affected and inspiring all to end racism and poverty. For more information, visit:
    http://www.wcgmf.org.

    Exhibition Events and Programs:
    1. Opening Reception & Discussion with the Artist: Wednesday, February 21st, 6:00pm-9:00pm.
    Discussion with the artist moderated by Enroue Halfkenny at 7:30pm. Free and open to all.
    Reservations required: http://bit.ly/2rgUGiD
    2. Press Event: Wednesday, February 21st @ 4:00pm. Press are invited to talk with the artist
    before the opening.
    3. The Rise and Fail of the N-Word Exhibit: Performance & Discussion Hosted by Literary Happy
    Hour: Thursday, March 15th, 6:30pm-8:30pm. Literary Happy Hour is a radically inclusive reading and
    performance series featuring diverse New Haven writers curated and hosted by Hanifa Nayo
    Washington. Reservations recommended: http://bit.ly/ 2rd2FgC
    4. Exhibition Conclusion: Roundtable Discussion: Saturday, March 17th, 6:00pm-9:00pm. Free and
    open to all those who have visited the exhibition. Facilitated by Enroue Halfkenny. Reservations
    required: http://bit.ly/2Bb4DOl
    Images Available: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1iLSmPbe8OoLZZgUT04O-B-QgONArab_I
    Informational Video: https://vimeo.com/251884466
    Hashtags: #nwordexhibit18 #ponderart #wcgmf #nword

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