Wingate University welcomes artist and musician Fleetwood Covington

Fleetwood Covington artwork of blues musician Jimmy Reed
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Director of Marketing & Communications 704-233-8117

December 16, 2010

Wingate, NC – Wingate University will showcase the work of blues artist Fleetwood Covington in a free exhibit starting in mid-January. The collection will be on display Jan. 15 through Feb. 28 in the C. Douglas Helms Gallery, located in the George A. Batte, Jr. Fine Arts Center. A resident of Wilmington, N.C., Covington creates unique drawings depicting rural settings and blues performers.

In addition to his artwork, Covington will share his musical talents as he performs a storytelling blues concert on Feb. 3 at 6 p.m. in the Batte Center Recital Hall. The free concert will include a reception with the artist.

“I try to create art that people can relate to on a very basic level,” Covington said. “Using raw materials and a raw documentary approach, I try to project a reverence, not only for the cultural/historical aspects of my subjects, but for the integrity of the individuals as well. Having been raised in the South, I feel a deep connection to the landscape and its people, and I’m always trying to capture its unique beauty, energy and humor.”

Dr. Louise Napier, chair of the Wingate University Art Department, calls Covington's appearance a rare opportunity. "We are delighted to host this artist since he limits his exhibits and shows to a select few," she said.

For more information, contact Dawn Davis at 704-233-8038.

About Wingate University
Founded in 1896, Wingate University is a private comprehensive university with more than 2,300 students on two campuses in Wingate and Matthews, North Carolina. The University offers 32 undergraduate majors, 36 minors and career concentrations, numerous pre-professional programs, graduate degrees in business, accounting, physician assistant studies and sports administration, and doctorates in pharmacy and education. Wingate students gain the tools and support they need to excel in academics and apply that learning toward an extraordinary career and life. The campus community offers in-class learning, out-of-class experiences, strong mentors, a competitive yet caring environment and rewarding community service opportunities for a complete educational experience.

Wingate student athletes compete in 19 NCAA Division II sports, and the University has won the South Atlantic Echols Athletic Excellence Award for the past four years.