The Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts (CMCArts) will open a unique exhibition featuring Crucian artist El’Roy Simmonds on February 19, on view until April 25, 2016. If Walls Could Talk will feature nearly 30 works by Simmonds, representing 30 years of fine arts mastery.
Born and raised in Christiansted, St. Croix, El’Roy Simmonds has worn many hats including teacher, entrepreneur, musician and sculptor. Of the many hats, however, the most valuable of them is that of Fine Artist. In June 1971, El'Roy earned a B.A. degree in Elementary Education from the College of the Virgin Islands and further pursued his studies in Art at the Kunst Academy in Copenhagen, Denmark from 1976-77. His commitment and ambassadorship in the Arts earned him several education grants from organizations including the Virgin Islands Council on the Arts, the St. Croix Friends of Denmark, and the 'The Morris De Castro Fellowship' - all of which supported his work in Visual Arts at the Royal Danish Academy in Copenhagen, Denmark and ultimately, his Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) degree from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. If Walls Could Talk is a retrospective exhibit, meant to showcase and honor one of St. Croix’s living fine arts masters.
“In this 'new chapter' of my career, I am recharged, reinvigorated and re inspired to return to my first love and main passion – Art”, says Simmonds. If Walls Could Talk is his retrospective offering, a thank you to his friends and family who have supported his journey in creating and sharing Art.
This exhibition is curated Monica Marin and Niarus Walker, hosted by the Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts. If Walls Could Talk is generously supported by the Virgin Islands Council on the Arts.