by Frederick H. Lowe
The Delta Blues Museum, located at the intersection of Highways 61 and 49 in Clarksdale, Miss., where the blues began, is holding a exhibit of steel sculptors of Bluesmen by artist Steve Cawood.
The exhibit, “Blues Portaits in Steel,” features Delta Blues greats Furry Lewis, Bukka White and others. The exhibit, which held an opening reception June 11, will run through October.
“I always felt that these Delta Blues musicians were artists’ in the truest sense of the word,” said Cawood, a self-taught sculptor. “This series is meant to broaden that understanding. Each of these portraits is an attempt to capture what I hear in each individual’s music and express it in their face. In many ways, their expressions are my own. I am honored to be exhibiting my Blues Portraits series at this important cultural institution.”
The Delta Blues Museum was established in 1979 by Carnegie Public Library Board of Trustees and re-organized as a stand-alone museum in 1999. It
is Mississippi’s oldest music museum and nation’s first museum dedicated to the American art form known as the Blues.
In 2014, the museum was named winner of the National Arts & Humanities Youth Program Award. The NAHYP Award recognizes community- based organizations that develop learning and life skills in young people by educating and engaging them through arts or humanities youth programs.