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B-CU Features Weldon Ryan as Artist-In-Residence

The Bethune-Cookman University Visual Arts Gallery is featuring a new artist-in-residence.

The works of Weldon Ryan will be unveiled at a public opening and reception on Friday, June 29 from 6-8 pm. in the Visual Arts Gallery, located in the Mary McLeod Bethune Performing Arts Center. Ryan's art is a fusion of many styles. He uses textures, color and realistic renderings of his subjects to create a unique interpretation. Ryan will attend the reception to discuss his art and greet visitors.

Ryan was born in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and arrived at age six in the Bronx, New York, where he spent most of his childhood. With his mother's encouragement, he pursued an art education. Ryan graduated from the High School of Art and Design in 1977, the State University of New York (New Paltz), and later the Fashion Institute of Technology. Before retiring in 2004 and relocating to Palm Coast, Fla., he served for 15 years as a police officer and sketch artist with the New York Police Department (NYPD). Throughout his years in public service, Ryan painted vigorously in his studio in the B.U.M.B.O art district in Brooklyn. Several of his commercial illustrations graced the cover and pages of various magazines.

Ryan has exhibited his work at the Fashion Institute of Technology, the Bronx River Art Center, the Salmagundi Art Club, the Harlem State Office Building, One Police Plaza, the Pelham Bay Environmental Nature Center, the Skylight Gallery in Brooklyn, the Flagler County Art League, the Hollingsworth Gallery, and the Fulton Street Art Fair. Among his accomplishments, Ryan has appeared on "The Ricki Lake Show"and his art has been shown on "The Geraldo Rivera Show," CNN, and was featured in Nickelodeon Magazine.

His clients have included Spring 3100 magazine (a NYPD publication), Thompson Financial, Investment Dealer Digest, Mergers and Acquisitions magazine, Rich and Well Graphics, Bromsonart Institute, Soccer Jr. magazine, the New York City Parks Dept. Pelham Nature Center, Marie Claire magazine, and "Chappelle's Show" on Comedy Central.
Ryan's art has found a home in Palm Coast at the Secca Tree Studio, where he works and exhibits his works at the Hollingsworth Gallery. He has served as the president of the Flagler County Art League and, in 2011, Ryan was honored by the Gargiulo Art Foundation as the Flagler County Artist of the Year.

The Visual Arts Gallery at Bethune-Cookman University is open to the public, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Funding for this gallery space comes, in part, from the County of Volusia ECHO Grants in Aid Program.

For more information on this art exhibit or the gallery, please call (386) 481-2774.

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About Bethune Cookman University:

Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement.  B-CU offers 38 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of nearly 4,000.  For more information, visit

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