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Durham County Library Presents a Celebration of the Day of the Dead with Artist Cornelio Campos

Program: Meet the Artist: Cornelio Campos
Date: Sunday, Oct. 30
Time: 3 p.m.
Location: Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St.
Cost: Free and open to the public

About: Durham County Library will host Cornelio Campos, noted Mexican-American painter, in a conversation and presentation about his work Sunday, October 30, at 3 p.m. at the Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro Street. This event is free and open to the public.

This Day of the Dead-themed event will feature Campos, who has been active in the North Carolina arts community for over 15 years, in conversation with UNC doctoral student in library science Colin Post. Campos will discuss his life and work as an artist, show slides of his work and talk about the process of working with Post to build a personal archive to document his career. This personal archive has been donated to the library’s North Carolina Collection (NCC), the first papers from a Hispanic community member to be added to the collection. NCC head librarian Lynn Richardson will speak briefly about the importance of acquiring Campos’s papers and of adding many more materials from this burgeoning community.

Cornelio Campos is a self-trained painter from Cheran, Michoacan, Mexico, who now lives in Durham. Colin Post received an MFA in poetry from the University of Montana and is now working on his PhD in Chapel Hill. Campos’s vibrantly colored, highly symbolic paintings reflect folkloric as well as modern elements. They highlight everyday life in Mexico as well as an immigrant experience. His work has been shown at exhibits throughout North Carolina, including Duke and UNC-Chapel Hill, where some of his pieces are permanently on display.

This program is sponsored by Durham Library Foundation. For more information, call Lynn Richardson, local history librarian at Durham County Library, (919) 560-0171 or or visit

Contact: Stephanie Bonestell
919-560-0151 or


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