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“AFROCENTRIC: From the Perspective of Black Women Artists”

April 12th - May 5th

Opening Reception: Thursday, April 19th 5-9PM
Art, Food and Wine: Thursday, April 26th 5-7PM

AFROCENTRIC: From the Perspective of Black Women Artists will be on view at Gallery Z in Providence from April 12 through May 5, 2012. Curated by L’Merchie Frazier, Education Director, Museum of African American History, Boston. The opening reception will be held on Gallery Night, Thursday, April 19th from 5-9 PM.

Eighteen New England artists invite you to enter a world you’ve never seen. Historically underrepresented and frequently misrepresented, 18 black women who are artists have created a thoughtful and compelling exhibition. Themes are diverse ranging from loss during Hurricane Katrina to a loving relationship between brothers. On exhibit are paintings, photography, collages, monoprints, stained glass, hand made quilts and mixed media artwork. Drawing inspiration from family, faith, music, dance and community, these artists create a unique relationship between the artwork and the viewer. This focused selection of approximately 40 works highlights Afrocentrism, a unique view of the world.

The exhibition includes three events. The first is the exhibition opening on Thursday, April 19th, Gallery Night from 5-9 PM presenting artwork created by African American women artists. The second event on Saturday, April 21st from 9- 11 AM at RISD Multicultural Center, is a Story Quilt Workshop for middle and high school students led by Simone Spruce Torres, a Rhode Island artist. The third event will be on Thursday, April 26th* at 5:30pm, a lecture on African American Women Artists of the 20th and 21st centuries delivered by Lisa Farrington, PhD, Chair, Art and Music Department at John Jay College, CUNY. Dr. Farrington is author of 11 books including the seminal work on black women artists, Creating Their Own Image: The History of African American Women Artists published in 2005, the first scholarly work to explore the history of black women artists.

Exhibiting artists are from Rhode Island and other New England states and include: Cheryl Daye Dick, Laura Palmer Edwards, Cynthia Ross Meeks, Elisabeth Neville, Diana Monroy, Pamela Council, Tiffany Lewis, Naomi Henry, Ekua Holmes, Cynthia Mitchell Scott, Colette M. Breslia, Patricia Lee, Leontine Morris, Tatia Cynae, L’Merchie Frazier, Gloretta Baynes, Sandy Coleman, Johnetta Tinker.

* Art, Food & Wine Creating Awareness for a Cause event is held at the Gallery on the last Thursday of every month. In April 2012, Gallery Z and the National Coalition for 100 Black Women join The Armenian Cultural Association in commemorating the 97th anniversary of The Turkish Massacres of the Armenians in 1915.

AFROCENTRIC: From the Perspective of Black Women Artists is organized and sponsored by the National Coalition of 100 Black Women – Rhode Island, curated by L’Merchie Frazier and managed by Cynthia Mitchell Scott. This exhibition and events are made possible in part by support from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, and RISD Department of Multicultural Affairs.