Born on Detroit’s East side in 1932, Professor Jon Onye Lockard is a graduate of Eastern High School (1948) and Wayne State University (1955). One of his earliest jobs as a professional artist was as a travelling portraitist in the late 1950s and early 1960s. This line of work took him across the country, including a stint painting portraits at Seattle’s World Fair (1962). He later earned national acclaim as an illustrator and muralist. His murals can be found at the Charles Wright Museum of African American History as well as campuses of Wayne State University, Central State University and the University of Michigan. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally.
For the past forty years, Lockard has served as an instructor at the University of Michigan and Washtenaw Community College. His popular classes include courses in life drawing, portrait painting and the art and culture of African Americans. He is a past president of the National Conference of Artists.
February 11 — 24, 2011
Opening Reception: February 11, 5:30 — 8:00 PM
Lecture/Questions at 6:00 PM
For more information on Jon Lockard’s work, visit: jononye.com