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Master silkscreen printer Lou Stovall is legendary in his adopted hometown of Washington, and it’s not just for his artworks. If in his 66 years the Howard University alum has received commissions from everyone from the Who and Roberta Flack to Nancy Reagan, Stovall is also well-known for his volunteer spirit, devoting time to such local arts institutions as the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities. Heck, in the mid-’80s, Stovall even made time to tutor some of my high-school classmates in the finer points of silk-screening. I was too clueless at the time to realize what I was missing. I’ll pay closer attention this time around, when Stovall discusses his career—including his collaborations with such artists as Alexander Calder, Gene Davis, Sam Gilliam, and Jacob Lawrence—as part of the National Gallery of Art’s Sunday lecture and discussion series, “Five African-American Artists.” Stovall speaks at 2 p.m. at the National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. (202) 737-4215. (Louis Jacobson)