Discussion at Sculpture Center Looks at Challenges Facing Black Artists

Sat 11/2 @ 1-3PM

Currently there’s a show called Seeing the Unseen spread through the Sculpture Center/Artists Archives of the Western Reserve complex. It features work collected by an Atlanta couple, Kerry and C. Betty Davis. Kerry was a postal worker; his wife was a TV producer. And they built a huge collection of African-American art that includes pieces by such now widely recognized artists as Elizabeth Catlett, Charles White, Romere Bearden and Jacob Lawrence.

While they display this art in their home and display it in their share community, it’s never been seen outside Atlanta — until now. The curators supplemented the show will 67 works by 32 Ohio regional artists, the same number that will be shown from the Davis collection.

Today in the Sculpture Center’s Main Gallery, Oberlin Assistant Professor of Africana Studies Charles Peterson will moderate a panel discussion called “Seeing the Unseen.” It will look at why black artists have a harder time gaining a foothold in the art market that similar white artists and what can be done to help them get the attention they deserve. Panel members include ceramics artist and activist Kristi Copez; Oberlin Professor of Studio Art and Africana Studies Johnny Coleman; and Dr. Sonya Harris-Haywood, director of the NEOMED-CSU Partnership for Urban Health.

The program is free, but registration is requested. Go here.

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