Illustration Professor to Exhibit in Grand Haven

Posted October 29, 2010

Illustration Professor Jon McDonald opens his Grand Haven exhibition titled ??Slavery ??s Chill ? during a special reception and a ??Walk Through the Paintings ? lecture on Wednesday, Nov. 3. Held at the Grand Haven Community Center, the program will begin at 6 p.m. with a reception. Professor McDonald will lecture at 7 p.m.

The exhibition showcases 12 portraits depicting the history and emotion of slavery. According to Professor McDonald, it is important that slavery and its impact on the strained relationship between blacks and whites be acknowledged. ??I feel the paintings can be used to understand who we really are. This will assist in the healing among the races, ? said McDonald.

The Grand Haven Schools Foundation will also induct McDonald into its 2010 Hall of Fame. A graduate of Grand Haven High School Class of ??65, Professor McDonald received an Illustrator ??s Certificate from Kendall College in 1969, and in 1972, earned a MFA in painting with a drawing minor from the San Francisco Art Institute. He has taught courses in illustration, painting, and rendering for 29 years.