World-Renowned Artist Synthia Saint James Donates Pieces for Gallery Exhibition

Regis, a Catholic university in greater Boston, will host a semester-long Diversity Walk that includes discussions and gallery exhibitions focused on themes of racism, gender issues and genocide.

The exhibitions will feature the works of prominent artists as well as artists from the Regis community. Additionally, the university will host discussions to promote dialogue and understanding around each issue addressed in art on display.

Regis has secured the donation of three pieces of art from the collection of famed multicultural artist Synthia Saint James. Saint James is an American visual artist, author, speaker, and educator who is best known for the original cover art of Terry McMillan’s book Waiting to Exhale. She was also selected by the United States Postal Service to design two stamps in recognition of Kwanzaa.

“I am thrilled with the donation of these incredible pieces that will contribute to our Diversity Walk to raise critical awareness of the themes of racism, gender issues and genocide,” said Associate Vice President of Inclusive Excellence Michelle Cromwell.

“I’m proud that members of our university community are coming together to express their feelings about diversity in a creative way,” said Antoinette Hays, PhD, RN, president of Regis. “I look forward to viewing the artistic expressions and being a part of the open dialogues.”

February – Black History Month

Thursday, February 8

Discussion: Resistance and Racism: Keeping the Conversation Real

7:00 p.m., Sullivan Studio Theatre, Regis Fine Arts Center

  • Michelle Cromwell, associate vice president for Inclusive Excellence/Chief Diversity Officer
  • Jennifer Potts, director of the Regis Fine Arts Center

Thursday, February 22

Exhibit Opens: Resistance and Racism

Featuring artwork by: Synthia Saint James

March – International Women’s Month

Friday, March 2

Exhibit Opens: Resistance and Gender Issues

Featuring artwork by:

Tuesday, March 13

Discussion: A Woman's Worth Discussion

7:00 p.m., Carney Gallery, Regis Fine Arts Center

Discussion with artists and the community about issues that women face in today's society.

April – Genocide Awareness Month

Sunday, April 1

Exhibit Opens: Resistance and Genocide Awareness

Featuring artwork by:

Wednesday, April 25

Film Screening/Discussion: Kinyarwanda (discussion to follow the film)

7:00 p.m., Carney Gallery, Regis Fine Arts Center