The Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery presents Ohio Diaspora: Art from the Collection of the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center and Ohio Artists, Jan. 30 – April 11, 2020. The National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center educates the public about African American history and culture—from African origins to the present—by collecting, preserving, and interpreting material evidence of the Black experience. The exhibition was curated by Rosa Rojas.
Featured artists include Tracy Ameen, Ron Anderson, Talle Bamazi, Queen Brooks, Johnny Coleman, Bing Davis, Joe F. Howard, Morris T. Howard, Jimi Jones, Dr. Carolyn L. Mazloomi, Lisa McLymont, Faith Moore, James A. Padgett, Bruce Robinson, April Sunami, Tariq Tarey, and Shirley Tucker.
Curator’s Tour with Rosa Rojas
Saturday, Feb. 1, 1 – 2 p.m.
Curator Rosa Rojas will lead guests through the exhibition and discuss her curatorial process. She will provide the backgrounds and inspirations of featured works in the show. Image credit: Morris T. Howard, “I Dream a World, 2009 Inauguration Day”
Thursday, Feb. 6, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 27, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 12, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Dr. Carolyn L. Mazloomi
Wednesday, April 1, noon – 1 p.m.
Ohio Diaspora Opening Reception
Saturday, Feb. 1, 2 – 4 p.m.
Experience the engaging work featured in the Riffe Gallery’s newest exhibition while enjoying live music by Paisha Thomas and Counterfeit Madison and a reading by poet Sierra Leone.
Wood-Burning Symbology with Queen Brooks
Thursday, March 19, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Participants will use colored pencils and wood burning tools to create art incorporating symbols on wood. Please RSVP to this event at riffegallery.org.
Friends and Family Workshop with April Sunami
Saturday, March 28 1 – 3 p.m.
Participants will show how one object can become two different canvases –one for a concept on the outside, and the other for the opposite concept on the inside. Please register at riffegallery.org.
Creative Writing Workshop with Rose Smith
Thursday, April 9, 5:30 – 8 p.m.
Grow your creative writing skills with award-winning performance poet, author, and Cave Canem fellow Rose Smith as she guides participants through this educational workshop. Space is limited; register at riffegallery.org to reserve your seat.
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URBAN LIVING TOUR 2020
This year’s Urban Living Tour event has been postponed due to COVID-19, but will be returning later this summer!