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Black History Month exhibit opens Feb. 2

Jan 27, 2017

Women of Color Working With Color

"American Nightmare" by Stephanie Kiah

“Women of Color Working With Color,” the University of Maryland Eastern Shore's Black History Month Exhibit, opens Thursday, Feb. 2 with a reception from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Mosely Gallery. 

“As the most immediate of the art elements, color powerfully impacts the viewer's emotions,” said Susan Holt, Mosely Gallery Director.  “The exhibition explores ways that women of color use this commanding art element to convey meaning that is relevant to contemporary sensibilities of race, gender and subjectivity.” 

The show features abstract paintings with collage by Diantha Mitchell of Salisbury along with artwork by New Yorker Stephanie Kiah, great-granddaughter of the late Thomas Kiah, the university's 5th and longest-serving leader. Both will attend the gallery opening, Holt said. 

Kiah's contemporary portraits of women of color, “Resting Angel,” “Lemonade Girl” and “American Nightmare,” will be on display through March 16 along with pieces by other female, African-American artists.  

Fellow New York artists Olaitan Callender-Scott and Theresa Chromati join the show with quilts and abstract figurative paintings, respectively.  Washington, D.C.-based Ada Pinkston “does unique performance art documented with photographs and video,” Holt said. 

Maya Freelon Asante of North Carolina, presents a lecture Feb. 7, at 4:30 p.m. in the Frederick Douglass Library on her mixed media pieces that include collages and installations. 

Events at the Mosely Gallery, located in the Thomas/Briggs Arts and Technology Center at UMES, are free.  The gallery is open Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Call 410-651-7770 for groups or visit www.moselygallery.com for more information.  

 Gail Stephens, assistant director, UMES Office of Public Relations, 410-651-7580.