Reflections: African American Life from the Myrna Colley-Lee Collection

Ernest Crichlow, “Window”, 1980, oil on canvas. Image courtesy of the artist.

The exhibition, Reflections: African American Life from the Myrna Colley-Lee Collection will open to the public on Friday, February 3, 2017.
The exhibit, which will run until March 4, showcases the diversity of African-American identity through paintings, collages, photographs, textile pieces and works on paper.  Reflections is organized by International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC in collaboration with the office of Myrna Colley-Lee.


Monday – Thursday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. – noon
Saturday & Sunday: noon – 4 p.m.


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Myrna Colley-Lee, collector of the works featured in the exhibition, is a leading advocate for the arts, an arts patron, and a professional artist: a pioneer costume designer in Black Theatre.

A world traveler since the age of 17, Colley-Lee collected art from small villages in African and traditional venues, supporting artists at every level. She champions the arts from her many roles of service including creating a foundation that promotes writers and their art.

Founder and president of SonEdna, an organization that celebrates and promotes literary arts and writers of all genres and backgrounds in the greater Mississippi Delta community and around the world. Ms. Colley-Lee is immediate past Chair of the Board of Directors of the Mississippi Arts Commission. She serves on the Acquisitions Committee of the Mississippi Museum of Art and on the Advisory Board of both the Ogden Museum on Southern Art in New Orleans, and the College of Architecture, Art and Design at the Mississippi State University.

Colley-Lee has received numerous awards, including Honored Artist from the National Museum of Women in the Arts; the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Lifetime Achievement Award; the Exemplary Arts Service Award from the Mississippi Alliance for Arts Education; Outstanding Costume Design from the National Black Theatre Festival;the Wynona Lee Fletcher Award for Outstanding Achievement as a Designer from the Black Theatre Network; a Doctor of Creative Arts (honoris causa) from Mississippi State University; among others.  Colley-Lee is the recipient of a M.F.A. in Scenic and Costume Design from Temple University.
She studied scene painting and properties at Brooklyn College and completed her B.F.A. in Art Education at the Women’s College of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.


Sponsored by

Fayetteville State University’s Dept. of Performing and Fine Arts

Carolina Vascular Institute, P.A.


Piedmont Natural Gas

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Fayetteville Alumnae chapter

SfL+a Architects

Carolina Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Center

Generous individual community donors

With support from Macy’s and Wells Fargo

With Media sponsors:

The Fayetteville Observer, WRAL-TV and ESPN Radio


Funded in part by Cumberland county, the City of Fayetteville and NC Arts Council.



Preview a snapshot of the Reflections exhibition at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts.




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