Howard, born in 1944, grew up across the street from the local gambling and juke joints in Phenix City. He witnessed some of the most influential moments over the course of the Civil Rights Era during the 1950s and 1960s. This significant time of change in Alabama and America’s history involved a struggle against corruption, violence, and resulted in many deaths during the fight for racial equality.
The impact of growing up in a politically corrupted town that was reformed, while also witnessing significant civil rights strides, would later provide powerful subject matter for Howard’s art. His work lends itself to educating and reminding all viewers of the impact of these three events. It gives an opportunity for viewers to reflect on our continued battle today through the fight for equality of people of color, women, LGBQT, other minorities and disabled. Howard’s Phenix City series, Rosa Parks and Selma artworks serve as a reminder of pivotal moments that have helped us develop as a state and a country. They are reminders that depict lessons that are still relevant in today’s social climate.
These artworks are on display at the International Arts Center from August 12 – October 20, 2019.
— Schedule of Events —
The Artist Reception and Talk will be held on Friday, September 13, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the IAC.
Mike Howard: Pivotal Moments in Alabama History Round Table Discussion will be held on Wednesday, October 2, 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
“Selma” movie screening in on Thursday, October 3, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
“The Phenix City Story” movie screening is on Thursday, October 10, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Endorsed and supported by the Alabama Bicentennial Commission.