Lafayette's noted Experimental Printmaking Institute (EPI) partners with OID to manage the EPI/Riley Temple Art Gallery, named in honor of distinguished Lafayette alumnus and Trustee, Riley Temple '71.
The gallery is located on the first floor of the Portlock Black Cultural Center and features exhibits from world-renowned artists who represent cultural diversity. Exhibits are offered during Black Heritage, Latino Heritage and Women’s History months and are normally opened on the first Friday of each heritage month. The gallery also features the work of student artists throughout the year.
EPI was established in 1996 to promote research and experimentation within the print medium. Since its inception, the EPI visiting artist and artist-in-residence programs have introduced students to more than 80 artists from diverse cultural and social backgrounds. Past guests include artist James Rose Jr., Barbara Bullock, Angel Suarez-Rosado, Karima Muyaes, Rolando Rojas, and Faith Ringgold. Curlee Raven Holton, professor of art and director of Lafayette’s Experimental Printmaking Institute, has also been featured in the gallery and now has a collection permanently installed on the second floor of Portlock. The exhibit incorporated ink, paint, paper, and canvas.
The EPI/Riley Temple Gallery featured paintings, prints, and jewelry by renowned Mexican artist, Karima Muayes. The show was open from October 6th to November 20th, 2011.