‘Watchfires’ exhibit by artist V.L. Cox set to open at Troy University’s Rosa Parks Museum

Artist VL Cox presents his new exhibition “Watchfires” this month at the Rosa Parks Museum at the University of Troy, showcasing works that use authentic and found objects to comment on issues of social justice and human rights that are still relevant today.

The exhibition will be on display in the museum’s gallery from January 13 to June 18, and is free and open to the public during normal museum opening hours.

Cox was born in Shreveport, LA, and raised in Arkansas. She received a BFA from Henderson State University in 1991. A professional artist for 31 years, Cox has been very active in projects involving human rights and equality.

A portrait of the late civil rights icon and former Congressman John R. Lewis is also part of the Watchfires series.

Through the “Watchfires” work series, Cox addresses divisions in the United States that she says have reached dangerous levels, only to worsen amid the global COVID-19 pandemic.

“I chose the name ‘Watchfires’ for this body of work for a reason,” Cox said. “Those who have paid the ultimate price for combating the spread of evil, authoritarianism and fascism, would be shocked to see how the values ​​they fought to protect are being deliberately eliminated. These heroes and sentries are gone. Now is the time for us to pick up the fallen light and take their place – we must be the “Watchfires”. Today more than ever, we need the “watch fires” to burn again all night long to light up the darkness as a beacon of hope, strength, freedom, equality and civility, and to enlighten the way it was once, so that people can find their way home.

In 2020, Cox was one of twenty artists nationwide to feature in “Ministry of Truth: 1984/2020,” a New York City billboard project providing “a platform for artists to comment on. current state of US politics and growing polarization just in time for elections.

Cox’s work has opened in prominent venues such as the LGBT Center in New York City, the Virginia Longwood Center for the Visual Arts Museum in conjunction with the Moton Museum where the vice-presidential debates were held, the Rosa Parks Museum coinciding with the Equal Justice initiative, the opening of the National Memorial for Peace and Justice and the Virginia Holocaust Museum in Richmond. In 2019, her work was shown at the Delta Cultural Center in Helena-West Helena (Phillips County) as part of the centennial commemoration of the Elaine Massacre in 1919.

Cox currently lives in Peekskill, New York and resides in the Artist’s District.#

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