Opening Reception: Wednesday, September 18, 5 – 8 PM
On View: September 17, 2019 – January 2, 2020
John Steffl Gallery
Established and emerging Minnesota artists of African descent exhibit their work in this juried traveling show. Appearing at Austin Area Arts, Mankato’s Emy Frentz Arts Gallery, St. Cloud’s Paramount Center of the Arts, and Obsidian Arts in Minneapolis, The Minnesota Black Fine Art Show culminates at The Duluth Art Institute. Work on view includes fiber, mixed media, photography, graphic design and painting. Minnesotan artists Kprecia Ambers, Eyenga Bokamba, Christopher E. Harrison, Bill Jeter, Antwon Key, Theoneste Munyemana, and Carl Wesley join locals Carla Hamilton, Teressa Moses, and Ivy Vainio.
Carla Hamilton, mixed media artist, aptly describes her abstract approach as “bringing a dreamy buoyancy to every piece, no matter how dark the underlying context”. Hamilton explores identity and race showing how representations throughout history perpetuate misconceptions and explains, “while nobody’s comfort is guaranteed, a new perspective certainly is.”
Design researcher and educator Teresa Moses contributes a series of triptychs reflecting her experiences as a Black woman in a White world. Moses’ illustrative pieces create conscious messaging, examining Euro-centric beauty standards, white feminism, and historical contexts.
Ivy Vainio created her photographic images, Breaking Free I and Breaking Free II to “celebrate Blackness through a collective sense of survival. To break free from all of what we and our ancestors have been through and creating our own way of rising above it all and succeeding.”