March 26- August 13, 2017
Sistahs Writing Themselves into Existence
Images of Contemporary Black Women
by Sue Ross
Artist Talk - Thursday, July 27 / 7:00 pm
In collaboration with the Greater Atlanta Section of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW. Spanning three decades, Sue Ross has assembled an affecting pictorial survey of major scholars, novelists, poets, and playwrights of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Placing the viewer intimately close to these academic and literary sheroes, these arresting photographs are paired with fascinating texts from each writer on writing—thoughts on the craft, recollections of significant moments from their personal history, and meditations on the civic importance of writing. The NCNW is a non-profit organization with the mission to advance the opportunities and the quality of life for African American women, their families and communities. Visit Her Website>
June 25. - August, 12, 2017
Lessons of Joy, Unbridled Wonders of Black
Happiness Throughout the Decades
by K. Joy Ballard Peters
Artist Talk Sunday, June 29 / 3:00 pm
An emotionally vibrant retrospective of a Master virtuoso, Lessons of Joy, is an ebullient visual celebration of lived Africana experiences that foreground expressions of communal happiness. Rooted in flawlessly executed Beardenesque collage techniques, Peters births, extraordinary transcendent appliqués that manifest the spiritual essence and unbridled wonders of Black jubilation.
Ms. Peters is known for her trademark style of combining colorful fabrics, yarns, and ceramic masks to create one-of-a-kind works of art. Born and raised in Washington, D.C., Ms. Peters is a second-generation visual artist who followed her mother, E. Loretta Ballard, in teaching art and working with fabric. K. Joy taught art in elementary school (3 years) and college (27 years), while her mom taught art to junior high and elementary school students for 30+ years. Mrs. Ballard created batiks that were framed and/or made into pillow and quilts. Her most famous quilt, Grandpa Blowing Booms for Susie and Spotty, is included in Spirits of the Cloth: Contemporary African American Quilts by Carolyn Mazloomi. Mrs. Ballard also explored and worked in a variety of media and crafts.
Peters holds degrees from Howard University (Bachelor of Fine Arts) and Boston University (Master of Fine Arts) and studied art education at D. C. Teachers College. She has exhibited extensively in the United States for forty years.
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June 25 –August 27, 2017
You Can Fly, The Tuskegee Airmen
By Jeffery Weatherford
Artist Talk -Saturday, August 12 / 3:00 pm
This exhibition is the notable debut of Illustrator Jeffery Boston Weatherford. These compelling black and white images masterfully crafted by the direct engraving scratchboard art technique, create a palpable sense of immediacy, in retelling the gripping story of the first African-American military pilots, trained at the Tuskegee Institute. Accompanying these absorbing images is the lyrical prose of renowned author Carole Boston Weatherford.
When my grandmother first held me, she noticed my large hands and predicted that I would do something great with them one day. Five years later, my kindergarten teacher told my parents, “Jeffery needs to finish coloring.” In elementary school, I doodled a lot, often in class. My mother enrolled me in cartooning and figure drawing classes outside of school and I also took private studio art classes in high school. As a teen, some of my artwork was published. After high school graduation, I visited Paris where I toured the Louvre and saw artists sketching on the streets. There, I really became interested in fine art.In 2007, I entered Winston-Salem State University as a Chancellor’s Scholar on full scholarship in computer graphics and animation major. There I interned with a children’s book illustrator and had an editorial cartoon published for the presidential inauguration. After graduating with honors I was contract to illustrate a children’s book about the Tuskegee Airmen which I believe is the beginning of an exciting career in illustrative arts.
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August 20 - September 24, 2017
Brotherman Revelation "Unleashing the Black Imagination”
by Dawud Anyabwile
Artist Talk - Thursday, August 24 / 7:00 pm
In collaboration with Big City Entertainment. Dawud Anyabwile is the creator and illustrator of the Brotherman Graphic Novel Series.
Born from the fire of his father and the passion of his mother, Antonio Valor, forged a commitment to bringing a new justice to Big City. Brotherman: Dictator of Discipline is the continuing story of a man drawn deeper into the darkness to bring light to those who have lost all hope. Armed only with his strength, wit, intellect, and his drive, Antonio Valor, straddles the line of being both the keeper and dispenser of the law. Supported by a sprinkling of friends, colleagues, and confidants, the residents of Big City can begin to find peace in a place under siege. As it is written on the subway walls, He s here...and everything's gonna be alright!
Dawud Anyabwile (FKA David Sims) (born February 6, 1965 in Philadelphia, PA) is an Emmy award winning African-American comic book artist. He is the illustrator of Brotherman: Dictator of Discipline comics, and C.E.O. of Big City Entertainment. He also has an artist archive at the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History in Atlanta, Georgia. Visit His Website>