Exhibit Features Works by African American and African Diasporic Artists Focused on the Black Experience in U.S.
Inspired by TSTI’s Civil Rights trip down South last year, the upcoming show at the Gallery at TSTI explores concepts of America’s civil rights history and the black experience in this country as interpreted by African American and African diasporic artists.
Richard Koch, TSTI-member and chair of the Art Committee shared that the purpose of the exhibit is to showcase how African Americans experienced the civil rights struggle in the U.S. The Committee hopes it stimulates thought and discussion, as well as greater appreciation by visitors of the difficulties people of color still face in America today.
The show features artists from across northern New Jersey and Long Island who will have up to 30 paintings, drawings and photographs on display. Among the artists are award winners whose work has been exhibited widely throughout the tri-state area:Kathleen Celestin-ParksTroy JonesJo-El LopezMansa K. MussaMinal ParkhiKaren PattonRon PowellKay ReeseAkil RoperDanielle Scott and Ameerah ShabazzCali Smith
The exhibit is being curated by Armisey Smith, an illustrator, educator and curator who resides in Newark. Smith has had her work exhibited throughout the tri-state area and has been the lead artist on several public mural projects in New Jersey. She has a BFA in illustration from Parsons School of Design and an MPS in arts and cultural management from Pratt Institute.
The Civil Rights Show opens on Wednesday, February 19th with a special event open to the TSTI community and the general public from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. when attendees will have an opportunity to meet some of the artists and enjoy light refreshments. RSVP here.
Be sure to see the art, learn from its message, and congratulate the Art Committee for such an outstanding job bringing art into our TSTI experience.
The art will be on display until April 2nd.Artwork: Not My Country by Danielle Scott Slide Image: SHE- Silvia Rivera, acrylic paint on canvas by Jo-El Lopez