CCS' Center Galleries presents an exhibition of work by alumnus Charles McGee - "Energy: Charles McGee at Eight-Five"

CCSâ?? Center Galleries presents an exhibition of work by alumnus Charles McGee â??Energy: Charles McGee at Eight-Fiveâ? McGee to give public lecture at CCS on Wednesday, March 31 at 7 p.m. CCSâ?? Center Galleries is pleased to present â??Energy: Charles McGee at Eighty-Five,â? a sixty-year retrospective of the work of Detroit artist and College for Creative Studies (CCS) alumnus Charles McGee, March 20 â?? April 24, 2010. The exhibition will open with a free public reception on Friday, March 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. Through representative and high quality works from every decade of McGeeâ??s career, â??Energy: Charles McGee at Eighty-Fiveâ? and its extensive catalogue document the evolution of his body of work, set it within its national and regional artistic, social, historical, and cultural contexts, and critically analyze its style and content. As part of CCSâ??s Woodward Lecture Series, McGee will give a public lecture on Wednesday, March 31, at 7 p.m., in the Wendell W. Anderson Jr. Auditorium in the Walter B. Ford II Building on the Collegeâ??s Ford Campus. The 2008 recipient of the Kresge Eminent Artist Award, McGee, one of the most important Michigan artists of the last century, previously received the Governorâ??s Michigan Artist Award in 1978 and the Artist of the Year Award granted by the Michigan Foundation for the Arts in 1989. Since 1971, McGee has completed numerous, major public commissions, which can be seen throughout Michigan. His works are in hundreds of private collections and in many museums in Michigan, the United States, Canada, and Spain. Born in 1924, McGee spent his early years on his grandfatherâ??s sharecropper farm in North Carolina and moved to Detroit in 1934. Over the decades, he has contributed greatly to enhancing the arts in Michigan through his work as an artist, teacher, gallery owner, and leader in many Michigan art institutions and programs. Organized by the art department of Eastern Michigan University (EMU), Center Galleries will present an abbreviated version of Energy: Charles McGee at Eighty-Five, which was originally presented at EMU in November and December 2009. The Woodward Lecture Series, a dynamic forum for bringing renowned artists to the College for public lectures and learning sessions, was established through a generous endowment by an anonymous donor in 1998. Seating and Parking are both handled on a first come, first serve basis with parking available in the CCS parking structure as well as on surface streets near campus. CCSâ?? Center Galleries is an integral component of the College for Creative Studies, and a mainstay of the Detroit art community. With nearly 6,000 square feet of exhibition space, Center Galleries presents the work of local, national, and international artists, as well as that of CCS faculty, alumni and students. Founded in1988, Center Galleries is dedicated to exploring the relationship between culture and artistic practice, fostering intellectual inquiry, and creating multidisciplinary exhibitions and educational programming that enable diverse audiences to connect art experiences to everyday life.