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Institute on Disabilities Unveils Commissioned Painting

July 2013

The Institute on Disabilities proudly unveiled an original work by local artist Jaither West at the recent commencement celebration of the Institute's Academy for Adult Learning program on May 10.

PHOTO: Jaither West presents Bill Cosby portrait co-executive director Celia Feinstein.
Local artist Jaither West presents his portrait of Bill Cosby to Institute co-executive director Celia Feinstein.

Jaither is an alumnus of the Academy for Adult Learning program and was approached in July 2012 by Academy director, Kathy Miller about a possible commission. "We wanted Jaither to create a painting that would be appropriate to hang in our office," Kathy said. "We left the subject matter to him."

After some consideration Jaither told Kathy that he planned to paint one of Temple University's most famous alumni, Bill Cosby. "It was a great surprise. Dr. Cosby is someone who has inspired Jaither and we're very glad that he selected a subject that was so meaningful to him."

On May 10, Jaither presented the finished painting to co-executive director Celia Feinstein and Academy director Kathy Miller. In the stylized portrait, Dr. Cosby is painted on a ground of blue and sporting the Temple "T" on the front of his hooded sweater.

The painting will hang permanently in the offices of the Institute on Disabilities located in the Student Center on the main campus of Temple University.

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