Complex Celebrates Frances Dunham Catlett 100th Birthday

FrancesDunhamCatlettmug.jpgThe African American Art & Culture Complex (AAACC) invite the public to an afternoon of conversation, celebration and dancing to commemorate the upcoming 100th birthday of Frances Dunham Catlett.
This event will take place on Saturday, April 19, 2008 from 2-5pm in AAACC’s Hall of Culture.
To commemorate the occasion, the event will feature an exclusive interview with Ms. Catlett hosted by author Gwen Mazer, along with a screening of a profile of the artist excerpted from Greg Young’s documentary, “Still Kicking”, and a debut musical adaptation of Catlett’s poetry by Frances Kandl. This special event is in association with the current exhibition entitled “Frances Catlett: Celebrating a Century of Creativity,” which is currently on view at AAACC until May 4, 2008.
Both the exhibition and this event honor the lifelong works and achievements that Ms. Catlett has produced. The African American Art & Culture Complex is proud to host this celebration which will also include other tributes, entertainment, refreshments and dancing.Frances Dunham Catlett is a colorist, poet and visionary. She is also an all around Renaissance woman with a lifetime of “firsts”. In 1947, she was the first African American to earn a Master of Arts degree from Oakland’s Mills College. She was also among the first African Americans employed as a social worker by the San Francisco Department of Public Welfare. Her work as a visual artist started in the late 1950?s and became a full time passion after retirement. Ms. Catlett participated in classes at the de Young Museum in San Francisco, the San Francisco Institute of Fine Art and the UC Extension Art Department. She also studied under Richard Bowman, a specialist in color.
Frances Dunham-Catlett has received national recognition for her artwork and her role in the Black arts and civil rights movements. Her paintings are in collections from California to Canada and have been shown in more than 50 exhibitions.
For the first time ever, a sizeable assortment of Catlett’s painting and poetry are shown together in this delightful exhibition. Each piece tells a story of her love for nature, abstracts, open spaces and people. Her poetry dives deeper into her psyche, displaying her innermost thoughts and giving her work a strong presence of her spirit and intentions.
Join the African American Art and Culture Complex in celebrating Frances Catlett’s 100th birthday and life long achievements in the arts. For more information and to request press images for Frances Catlett: Celebrating a Century of Creativity, please contact Samara Brown, AAACC Visual Arts Coordinator, at (415) 922-1995 or email
Admission: Free and open to the public. Donations Accepted. Free Parking.
The African American Art & Culture Complex is located at 762 Fulton Street, San Francisco, CA 94102 Gallery Hours: Monday-Saturday 12 – 5pm.