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Posted on: February 15, 2023

Lawrenceville and the Hudgens Center for Art & Learning Partner to Celebrate Black History Month

Shoghi Lombard "Brother Nature" exhibition on the Lawrenceville square digital signs

Brother Nature, Shoghi Lombard’s newest digital project, can now be viewed throughout the downtown square during the month of February in celebration of Black History Month. Visitors are invited to explore each piece on the LED kiosk by learning and reflecting on Lombard’s statements. 

“Through the generous partnership with the Hudgens Center for Art & Learning, the City of Lawrenceville recognizes the impact Brother Nature has on the downtown square, said Mayor David Still. “This is a powerful visual on the same square where the Charles Hale Memorial is located.”

A Gwinnett County resident, emerging artist Shoghi Amir Lombard was born in New Orleans, seemingly destined to visualize and conceptualize in his own unique style. As his family moved through the southern states, Lombard grew to appreciate the simple yet intricate organic forms of nature he recognized in rural Georgia; the regional traditions reinforced his eagerness to express himself in New Orleans; added to his maturing acuity, the precious parcels of the history and pride of the African American educational culture in Tuskegee, Alabama; and traveled to what was then, Clark College, in Atlanta, GA. to study Medical Illustration. While at Clark, Lombard also studied drawing within the Spelman College Art Program. There, too, in the AU Center, the stirrings of a social justice education, inspired by visiting Civil Rights and artistic luminaries, added to Lombard’s artistic sensibilities and insight.

As Lombard worked in the fast-paced, time-consuming, corporate exhibit and advertising realm, he nurtured a growing appreciation for the fine arts, creating within him a voracious desire to reach new heights in his painting. Lombard delved deeply into learning about his own existence, questioning his place in the universe, and developing a more intimate relationship with the Higher Power. Lombard’s studies have shown him that serving his fellow man is among the most praiseworthy of deeds. 

“The Hudgens Center for Art and Learning is excited to continue the partnership with the City of Lawrenceville through a new digital avenue,” said The Hudgens Center Executive Director Laura Balance. “Through his work, Shoghi Lombard aspires to raise awareness among people of their innate, inherent nobility; of the multitude of divine traits that lie within; and of the definite, future spiritual advancement of the human race.” 

Established as Gwinnett Council for the Arts in 1981, The Hudgens Center has pioneered arts enrichment programs and community engagement through the arts in Gwinnett.

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