LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, PA – The Lincoln University Visual Arts major DeJeonge “Dee Dee” Reese was selected for the upcoming RAW: Philadelphia presents ENCOMPASS artist showcase Thursday, October 17 at Lit Ultra Bar, 460 North 2nd Street at 7:30 p.m.
Operating in 60 cities across the United States, Australia, Canada and London, RAW: natural born artists is an independent arts organization, for artist, by artists, which provides independent artists within the first 10 years of their career with the tools, resources and exposure, like this showcase, needed to inspire and cultivate creativity.
“My art is inspired by what I feel, however, I find that I am most inspired by the artwork of other cultures,” said Reese, whose ceramics will be showcased. “I love the idea of combining art forms of different cultures that share a similar meaning or represent similar things. I find inspiration through everyday experiences. To me, there are no limits to where my art or art in general can go.”
Last Spring, Lincoln’s Visual Arts department named her “Most Outstanding Visual Arts Major” while she was also awarded first and second places in the ceramic category and third place in the drawing category for the university’s School of Humanities art contest, in which she entered two ceramic pieces and an abstract charcoal drawing.
“Receiving those awards gave me more confidence in myself and my work, but also humbled me to realize that I still have a lot of learning to do to perfect my craft,” Reese said. “My art is my passion and it’s something I love to do every waking moment so I can’t wait to see where it takes me.”
Currently, Reese is working on her senior Seminar Thesis and collection at Lincoln, which will focus on combining the meaning and visual characteristics of the Celtic Green Man with art forms of three different cultures of a similar meaning.
“I am working on proving that different art forms from various cultures can create cross-cultural representation of a certain concept by combining the visual elements of an art form from each culture,” she said.
To view Reese’s showcase profile page, to purchase tickets online or to nominate her for the RAWards’ Visual Artist of the Year, please visit at:
The Lincoln University, founded in 1854 as the nation’s first degree-granting Historically Black College and University (HBCU), combines the elements of a liberal arts and science-based undergraduate curriculum along with select graduate programs to meet the needs of those living in a highly-technological and global society. Today, the University enrolls a diverse student body of approximately 2,000 men and women. Internationally recognized for preparing and producing world class leaders such as Thurgood Marshall, the first African American U.S. Supreme Court Justice, Lillian Fishburne, the first African American woman promoted to Rear Admiral in the U.S. Navy, Langston Hughes, the noted poet, Kwame Nkrumah, the first President of Ghana and Nnamdi Azikiwe, the first President of Nigeria.
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