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Pittsburg Native Artist Dr. Ronalid McDowell Featured at Barnes & Nobles Booksellers in Antioch
Posted Date: 2/25/2010

City eNews Release:  Thursday, february 25, 2010 (Supplemental)

Pittsburg Native Artist Dr. Ronalid McDowell Featured at Barnes & Nobles Booksellers in Antioch

(Pittsburg, CA)  You are invited to come and celebrate the art works of Dr. Ronald McDowell, world renowned artist, sculptor and muralist. This Pittsburg native has been creating inspirations for over 40 years. Please come to support his work this Saturday, February 27, 2010 at the Barnes & Nobles Booksellers located at 5709 Lone Tree way, Antioch, CA from 4-7 p.m..


Ronald S. McDowell
(A Brief Bio)
Ronald Scott McDowell is one of the most talented artists in the world. With nearly 2,000 original works to his credit, McDowell is a painter, an illustrator, a portraitist, a muralist, a sculptor and a poet.
McDowell, having received national notoriety for his artwork over the course of several decades, has earned international acclaim in the past 10 years for his sculptors.
Commissioned by Mayor Arrington of the City of Birmingham, Alabama in 1996 to provide a rendition of the life-like experiences of the people of Birmingham during the 60's, McDowell produced "The Salute to the Foot Soldiers" which is dedicated to those who led the march on Civil Rights under Dr. Martin Luther King.

Since this famous rendition, which sits in the Kelly Ingram Park across from the National Civil Rights Institute in the City of Birmingham, McDowell has now hundreds of sculptors to his credit along with thousands of paintings.

McDowell has been featured in many national news magazines, newspapers and has made numerous public appearances during the course of his career. He currently serves as the Artist for the Jazz Hall of Fame, the Alabama Music Hall of Fame, the Multicultural Center, the Birmingham Black Barons Negro League Baseball Hall of Fame and is Artist-in-Residence for the city of Tuskegee.

He has also been commissioned by some of the most notable people in world affairs and entertainment to render portraits, including, Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, Barry Gordy, Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, Rosie Greer, Elvis Presley, Lionel Ritchie, AG. Gaston, Eddie Kendrick and Cecil Fielder, just to name a few.
In October of 2005, McDowell's works were featured and presented to host, Robin Roberts, of "Good Morning America.” Other national unveilings of his sculptures include the "Phenomenal Woman," which was presented by Oprah Winfrey to her mentor Maya Angelou, at the National Convention of the National Council of 100 Black Women.

McDowell developed several sculptor works from recent commissions that are displayed in national and state parks and universities nationwide. Unveiled at the entrance of Alabama State University in April 2006 sits a sculptor of Rosa Parks.

All of McDowell’s works of art are famous for their facial detail and embrace a full range of human emotions, which captures the essence of individuals of all races and cultures. His work is so life-like that it appears as if it could walk right off the canvass or edifice it is housed.

On behalf of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. McDowell is honored to have been chosen on to design and fabricate the Sphinx of Giza to commemorate the organizations centennial.


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