Concord Faculty Member to Lecture at Radford University

For Immediate Release: 
Feb 05 2001

Concord Faculty Member to Lecture at Radford University

Athens, W.Va. - Fernando Porras, temporary instructor in the division of fine arts at Concord College will be lecturing at Radford University, Thursday, February 8, 2001, in Cook Hall, Room 107.

Porras is a native of Venezuela. His lecture and slide show, A Portrait of the Warao People and the Rain Forest of Venezuela, is part of a Caribbean Cultures Festival sponsored by the Radford University International Education Office and the McGlothlin Family Endowment. The festival is comprised of 12 events scheduled through April. All events are free to the public.

“I grew up in Maturin. It is close to the Orinoco Delta in the northeastern part of Venezuela which spills into the Caribbean Ocean,” stated Porras. “Most people do not realize that Venezuela is part of the Caribbean. Some experts hypothesize that the Warao people were originally a part of the Caribbe tribe. The Warao people are comprised of numerous tribes that live in northeastern Venezuela. I sought out the children, who live far away from civilization, because I wanted to capture their unique essence of innocence in my paintings. In addition, I wanted to create an awareness of the existence of the Warao people and call attention to their culture which is becoming extinct.”

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Photo: Fernando Porras stands near art inspired by the Warao people in Venezuela.