The Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., along with the Bryan Public Library are thrilled to announce the artistic inspirations of Danielle Camp are now on display at the library for Black History Month. The “Breaking Out” exhibit is a wonderful showing of several different styles of painting from the imagination of one artist.
“I spent some time last Summer in Italy. I brought several pieces that were inspired by the Renaissance period,” explained Camp. “Some of my work reflects my cultural background, other paintings are family members. There is a lot of diversity in my art that shows what I was interested in when I painted them.”
Camp’s paintings are in a variety of mediums. Oil, watercolor, charcoal, pen and ink, many different types of her art are on display. There is a three piece series that are self-portraits that reflect her time as a track and field runner that culminate in the “Breaking Out” portrait. It shows her love of athletics and her journey of life. The depth and intensity of her work make you think of an older artist who has spent years with canvas and paints to reach this level of creativity but she is only 21. She is a senior art major at Mississippi State University.
“She was recommended to the Delta Sigma Theta’s by Alex Bostic. He and his wife Lydia Bostic have both graciously brought their art to the Bryan Public Library for Black History Month before at the Delta’s request,” said Naomi Kilgore, one of the sorority members instrumental in bringing the Bostic’s and Camp to West Point. “We knew coming from the Bostic’s that she had to be an excellent artist.”
Camp is of Spanish and African American heritage. One of her favorite paintings is a bright and colorful work which is a perfect example of the inspiration of her Spanish background.
She doesn’t remember when she wasn’t drawing and painting. As a six year old in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, a teacher recognized her talent and had her enter an art contest. She won and from then on art became her passion. Now as a college student she is entering adulthood as an accomplished artist, Camp has a bright future ahead of her.
Come to the Bryan Public Library during February, Black History Month and enjoy the amazing artwork in the Esther Pippen Meeting Room and at the entrance to the library, brought to West Point by the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.