Nu Beta Virtual Art Unveiling

Friday October 16, 2020 5:30 pm

Georgia Tech’s Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated®, Nu Beta Chapter 40th Anniversary Art Unveiling and Dedication Live Event

Friday, October 16, 2020 | 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Facebook Live with Georgia Tech Arts
Free and open to the public

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Celebrate with Georgia Tech’s Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated®, Nu Beta Chapter and Alumnae Members as they share highlights from the past four decades and announce a new phase of the Nu Beta Endowment Scholarship. They will then unveil two commissioned paintings by Atlanta, Georgia-based artist Tracy Murrell, who will join them for a live Q&A with viewers. Register now to receive updates and submit your questions for Murrell in advance!

About #NB40 Art Commission

In 1979, the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated®, Nu Beta Chapter was chartered at Georgia Tech and became the first black sorority recognized by the Georgia Tech Pan Hellenic Council. In honor of the organization's 40th anniversary, alumna Maria Bailey Benson, IE 1992 and MSIE 1994, led the commission of two artworks to recognize all of the contributions of Nu Beta Chapter and Alumnae to the Tech community over the past four decades and as a tribute to all Black women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). The two pieces, Sister and Her Mind is Open, will be displayed prominently in Crosland Tower, Georgia Tech's library, for all to enjoy for years to come. Tracy Murrell is the artist selected for the project and is a prominent Atlanta-based artist and curator who describes her work as "a celebration of the beauty and grace that I see in all women of color."

“The members of Nu Beta have always been campus leaders. As a continuation of that leadership, alumnae of Nu Beta commissioned a prominent black female artist, Tracy Murrell, to create two pieces of artwork to celebrate Black women in STEM. These artworks are the first commissioned artworks located in the new Georgia Tech library, as well as the first artworks commissioned by a Georgia Tech Black Greek organization,” said Benson.

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The #NB40 Art Commission also coincides with the launch of a new campaign supporting the Nu Beta Endowment Scholarship previously established by AKA alumnae.

According to Benson, “The Nu Beta alumnae’s philanthropic leadership at Georgia Tech will now include a named endowed scholarship, annual donations to Roll Call to support the undergrads, and permanent commissioned artwork in the library where we ALL spent countless hours persevering. The Nu Beta has had less than 250 members over the past 40-some years but has an indelible legacy of being ‘small, but mighty!’”  

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Artist Tracy Murrell sits perched on the back of couch in jeans and a white t-shirt. She's posed in front of one of her large paintings, featuring a solid turquoise background wih the silhouette of a woman drawn in yellow. The painted figure wears a white, 1950s-1960s style bikini and has short-cropped hair.
A large group of Nu Beta alumnae stand on two half-circle, glass staircases and wear the AKA colors of pink and green.