Congressman Raul Ruiz, MD awards Certificate of Congressional Recognition

At the conclusion of my lecture at Palm Springs Art Museum, I was presented with a Certificate of Congressional Recognition for documentation, visual interpretation and public presentation of our California history through art by Lily Suarez from U.S. Representative Raul Ruiz, MD, California Congressional District 36.

When Palm Springs Art Museum director Adam Lerner invited me to give a lecture about my current exhibition, Contradictions – Bringing The Past Forward Exhibit© I was so pleased to be able to introduce the untold stories of African American homesteaders. The lecture was an opportunity to share the history of my Art + Humanities visual interpretation of the stories of the twenty three African American homesteaders who settled in the far Eastern Mojave Desert in 1910 – 1930. The lecture focused on the research, my creative process and various elements of the installation – the story map created by ESRI staff, the time-lapse video of my digital paintings on my iPad in ProCreate, and the archeological artifacts from Lanfair/Dunbar that the Mojave National Preserve staff lent to the museum. The installation is currently on view at  San Bernardino County Museum.

It was great to have such an engaged audience. The Q & A exchange with the audience was very informative and has triggered thoughts for next steps in this amazing journey. So I thank everyone who attended and also those who have reached out to me after they viewed the live streaming segment or watched the lecture on the Palm Springs Art Museum YouTube channel.

The exhibit continues at  San Bernardino County Museum until April 21, 2022.

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