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The Mary McLeod Bethune Performing Arts Center and Visual Arts Gallery Presents an Art Exhibit by Paul Houzell


Daytona Beach, Fla.- The Mary McLeod Bethune Performing Arts Center and Visual Arts Gallery will host this week’s opening receptions for artist Paul A. Houzell. Mr. Houzell is the artist-in-residence for B-CU’s Performing Arts Center’s visual arts gallery, which is funded by the County of Volusia ECHO Grants in Aid Program. The receptions which features a meet and greet with the artist, is open to B-CU students, faculty and staff on Thursday, February 16th and for the public on February 17th (open 6:00 P.M.- 8:00 P.M. both days).  

About Paul A. Houzell

Paul A. Houzell, a Florida native reared in the state of California, is inspired by the human figure striving to bring forth humanitarianism, spiritualism, education and healing. His love for art started at Lincoln High School in Tallahassee, Fla. He began studies in Art History at Florida A&M University and studied at Santa Monica City College before transferring to California State University, Dominguez Hills. Houzell received a Bachelor of Science degree in Art History and a Master’s Degree from UC Berkeley and the University of Salvador de Bahia, Brazil.                            

Mr. Houzell is an artist, teacher and lecturer. He chooses not to create art for art’s sake but seeks to tell stories, communicate and touch lives through this medium. His body of work, including flora and fauna, focus on the human body and portray familiar elements from perspectives that show what could be.

Mr. Houzell’s work adheres to traditional realism, despite changing trends in the art world, and has been displayed in the United States, Africa and Brazil. His works have been exhibited at California State University- Dominguez Hills, California State University- Long Beach, Loyola-Marymount University, Hampton University and now Bethune-Cookman University, just to name a few. His works have appeared in numerous publications including International Review of African American Art (Hampton University Museum) and Creating Black Americans: African American History and its Meanings, 1619 to the Present by Dr. Nell Irvin Painter, and God I Listen-The Eula McClaney Story by Dr. La-Doris McClaney.

For more information on this art exhibit or the gallery, contact: Cedric Evans, Sr., 386-481-2774 or Autre-Morgan, 386-481-2899.

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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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