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Student Artwork is on exhibit along
with original paintings of Jon Onye Lockard!

Expressions of Untold Stories

 

Huron High School’s 10th grade African American Humanities Accelerated Class (AC) has put together a collection of artwork reflecting their interpretation of August Wilson’s PIANO LESSON and the African American Experience during the early twentieth century. This Spring, they visited the Jon Onye Lockard Exhibit: Sankofa. Guided by teachers Anthony Stewart and Kimberly Wright, students explored the creative process of inspiration and the power of symbolism in the timeless work of his art. Especially Adinkra symbols whose representations and meanings are used to bestow wisdom and knowledge.

 

Lockard’s mottos were "Make them hear you"; and "Think about what you think about."  He was an amazing artist, muralist, master painter, historian and story teller. At the time of his passing, he was completing a series of books for students, emerging artists, and art appreciators encompassing over 50 years of insights in the arts . When you see this exhibit – you will feel  Sankofa in action – It is not wrong, to go back for that which you have forgotten” The knowledge of the past must be present  - so the awareness can be passed on to the next generations for our best future.

Group or weekday visits may be scheduled by appointment only

Masks will be required for entry and all protocols for the safety and health of our visitors will be followed.

Sankofa

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The Art & Legacy of

Jon Onye Lockard

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OPEN NOW through August 14, 2022. Museum hours are Saturdays and Sundays, 12 noon to 4pm. Group or weekday visits may be scheduled by appointment. Masks will be required for entry and all protocols for the safety and health of our visitors will be followed.

1528 Pontiac Trail

Ann Arbor, MI

"My Father's Eyes" Jon Onye Lockard

John Onye Lockard (1/25/1932 - 3/25/2015) was a visionary looking forward with a vast knowledge of the past. His life exemplified the West African proverb  Sankofa - “It is not wrong to go back for that which you have forgotten.” There is wisdom in learning from the past and one’s roots, to ensure a strong future moving forward. This exhibit features a
collection of his works and historical artifacts that speak with an uncommon eloquence, vibrancy and enlightenment.

 

The relevance of Lockard’s work and life experiences to today’s world and current events, illuminate his vision even more. At the time of his death, he was completing a series of books for students, emerging artists and art appreciators encompassing more than 50 years of insights in the arts. This exhibit celebrates the art, life and legacy of a man whose connection to the African Diaspora, his students and the community exemplifies the principle of Sankofa.Visitors will experience the artistic evolution of Black history and culture through the eyes of a visionary – John Onye Lockard.

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About the Artist   Born in Detroit, Jon Onye Lockard was a powerful and awe-inspiring artist, muralist, master painter, educator, historian and story teller. His works may be found in many collections nationally and internationally. Some of Lockard’s murals and portraits are at Wayne State University, University of Michigan, Central State University and the Charles Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit. He was a professor emeritus from Washtenaw Community College where he taught life drawing and portraiture for over 40 years. He was also a lecturer and founding faculty member of the Department of African American & African Studies at the UM.

 

With the principle of Sankofa as a guide, the Jon Onye Lockard Foundation was established to support African American culture through the visual arts and an inter-generational exchange of ideas.