The ITC/Gilbert Young Artist-in-Residence Program (ITC/GY) is a new venture for ITC. The artist’s presence on campus, and proposed arts and cultural projects are designed to be a component of ITC’s religion and arts program and expand its engagement with the surrounding community. The plan is to develop innovative, unique programming that will expose students of all ages, and the community at-large, to fine African American art in an intimate studio/gallery setting on the ITC campus.
Expanding cultural awareness, providing arts education, and the possibility of instituting programs for all ages is a positive way to identify, nurture and market to Atlanta’s next generations of fine and commercial artists and craftsmen. ITC believes this program can expand the awareness and use of visual arts by our students and graduates in worship and ministry contexts.
Gilbert Young is a nationally renowned artist, muralist, and art conservator. Born and raised in Cincinnati Ohio, he served twenty-seven years as director and conservator of the University of Cincinnati’s vast, fine art collection.
In 1994 Young was named Artist-in-Residence to the University of Cincinnati. That same year, he was commissioned by Procter & Gamble to design the Salute to Greatness Award presented annually by the Martin Luther King Center for Non-Violent Social Change. He re-located to Atlanta, Georgia in 1995 and was named Artistic Director for the International Paint Pals Art Competition in conjunction with the 1996 Olympics.
Young is the first artist to perform live on stage, creating a work of art while accompanied by an entire symphony orchestra. The painting of maestro Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati POPS orchestra was recently installed in Cincinnati’s new School for the Creative and Performing Arts. He has been recognized in numerous editions of “Who’s Who in Black Atlanta,” and in July, 2011 he was honored by recording artist Big Boi and the Big Kidz Foundation as one of five “Champions of the Arts” along with Academy Award winner Monique, and actress/director Jasmine Guy. He was inducted into the 66th edition of “Who’s Who in America” in 2012 and was featured in Ebony Man magazine as a “Talented & Impressive Black Artist.”
Young is a frequent lecturer, and has been invited to speak at colleges and universities across the country including Harvard Law School. In 2001, he was presented with the prestigious Heritage Award for Outstanding Visual Arts at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York. In 2004, he received the Pallet Award for Lifetime Achievement in the arts during the Heritage Arts Festival in Atlanta, in 2011 he was honored with a Resolution from the Georgia House of Representatives naming him State of Georgia Artist of the Year, and in 2013 he received the Phoenix Award from the city of Atlanta for outstanding contributions to the arts as he celebrated his 50th year as a professional artist. In 2014 Gilbert received the “Hero & Heroine Lifetime Achievement Award” during the Sweet Auburn Spring Fest. In 2015, the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus recognized him for outstanding artistic achievement.
Young is the only artist to paint a portrait of an American President that is signed by the subject. The portrait of Barack Obama is entitled “History + Hope = Change.” Obama signed the portrait in tribute to the artist because he was familiar with Young’s most recognized work, “He Ain’t Heavy,” showing a man reaching down for another man’s hand. A portrait of Michelle Obama was commissioned by the Congressional Club of Washington, DC and presented to her during the annual First Lady’s Luncheon in May 2014. In 2015 Young was recognized by Georgia’s Governor’s office with a Certificate of Honor for his service in the Army during the Vietnam War, and in 2017 he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Barack H. Obama Foundation.
Artwork by Gilbert Young can be found in galleries throughout the United States, in select cities around the world, and in numerous private and corporate collections. He resides in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife L. Winfrey Young. They are parents to three sons, Matthew Perry (32), Bart Cody (30), and Gilbert Montana (21).
About the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC)
Established in 1958, The Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) is a Christian Africentric ecumenical consortium of seminaries and a fellowship that educates students who commit to practicing justice and peace through a liberating and transforming spirituality to become leaders in the church, local and global communities. Its seminaries include the Morehouse School of Religion (Baptist); Gammon Theological Seminary (United Methodist); Turner Theological Seminary (African Methodist Episcopal); Phillips School of Theology (Christian Methodist Episcopal); and the Charles Harrison Mason Theological Seminary (Church of God and Christ). The Selma T. and Harry V. Richardson Ecumenical Fellowship provides theological training to students from various other faith traditions.
For Immediate Release
Wednesday, March 16, 2018
Contact: Rochelle Reeder