Jamal Boykin to Showcase President Obama Drawings

April 29, 2009

BERKELEY - California forward Jamal Boykin will hold an art exhibition to showcase his drawings of President Obama on Saturday, May 9, at the Alphonse Berber Gallery located at 2546 Shattuck Ave from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. The Barack Obama Collection features 44 hand-drawn portraits of President Obama, all done by Boykin, with photography by Nican Robinson. There will be a special presentation at 7 p.m. where Boykin will speak along with poetry recited by Cal guard Patrick Christopher. Donations will be encouraged to raise money for art supplies for students at Malcolm X Elementary School. This is the first of a series of shows that will also take place in Los Angeles and Washington D.C. Refreshments will be served.

Opened on Feb. 27th, 2009, the Alphonse Berber Gallery is located in a beautiful 7200 square foot Julia Morgan-designed building across from the University of California. The gallery presents the work of dynamic, aggressively innovative emerging to mid-career contemporary artists. With each exhibition, the interior space is re-imagined in order to craft the ideal vehicle for showcasing a diverse range of genres and mediums. For more information, visit the Gallery's website by clicking here

Boykin's drawings have been featured on both CBS and ABC

It was a New Year's Resolution of Boykin's to renew his passion for drawing. After drawing one picture of the President in an airport on a Cal basketball road trip, he decided to make it his goal to draw 44. It became something that went from a way to pass the time to one of Boykin's main hobbies along with school and basketball. It is his ultimate goal to one day be able to present these 44 drawings to the President himself.

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