past exhibitions

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This exhibition demonstrates our ability to turn our pain into power through the unapologetic assertion of our joy, determination, and above all else – our right to exist as beautifully multifaceted humans in a world increasingly connected through social media. For many years, artists have used their talents to capture political, social, and historical aspects of the culture of Black people.

Through social media movements such as, #blackgirlmagic, #melaninpoppin, #blacklove, #blackboyjoy, and #blackowned, Black people have ignited a revolution of self-love and worth. 

#PROUDBLACK pays homage to the history of Black people in America and to current social media movements focused on creating, proliferating, and uplifting self-affirming images of Black people, for Black.

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As humans, we come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. Our figure has made its mark through the ages in a variety of art forms. Our human bodies are made up of the same components, but artists throughout the centuries have used their deft creative skills to capture, reveal, and at times manipulate the various shapes the bodily form possesses. In society, the differences in our forms have created social separations, but figurative art challenges us to see who we are as one human race.

Can the art of our bodies help us understand we are actually all the same?

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Summer Palette Cleanse

"This Summer I will fall back in love with myself, the world, and life again through art." -Artist Unknown

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This exhibition explores the idea of living a life free of permissions and passes while also paying tribute to those who dedicate their lives to defying the status quo and living their unapologetically.

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Dear Summer...

Blithe summer – you make every thing memorable by the measure of its warmth against yours. Happy memories blend and are infused into your sunny essence, contributing to our permanent association of you with life’s sweetest moments.  Occasions for sadness, by comparison, are cast in unusually harsh light.  This exhibition explores our nostalgia for summer, emotions wrought over the course of this year’s events, and the anticipation for what will endure in the seasons to follow. 

William Rhodes tackles what is lost and the hope that is held onto in time’s passing.  Julio Mejia taps into the vague emotions that are imbued in nostalgia.  Kimmy Cantrell connects more literally with ceramic pieces cured in the intense heat of the season.  Charly Palmer observes the shadowy elements of summer, and artist Jamaal Barber works through current events and the love that will ultimately persist.