February is Black History Month, and El Paso Community College is celebrating African-American icons one brushstroke at a time.
Local and out-of-town artists teamed up for a special art exhibit honoring notable figures including Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela, Malcolm X, and others.
“It’s important that we don’t forget any of the history, African Americans have made a contribution to the El Paso area and we want to make sure that’s not forgotten,” Victoria Lipscomb of EPCC told KTSM.
Artists say the meaning behind the artwork goes far beyond the canvas.
“People say a picture is worth a thousand words,” artists Gabriel S. Gaytan said. “To me, art is a communication model that i use to convey a message — current, ancient, or future.”
Some pieces also address current issues in the African-American community.
“All these pictures…just puts it into perspective that the fight is not over,” Felicia Chamberlain said. “We have to keep going. We must persist.”
EPCC will continue its Black History Month celebrations with a fashion show and film screening on Feb. 15 and an awards dinner on Feb. 26.