Suncoast Black Arts Collaborative continues to work to increase knowledge, visibility and appreciation of the innovative works produced by Black artists. With that in mind, celebrate the artists of African descent who participated in the 2021 “Black Muse” exhibition.
Suncoast Black Arts Collaborative, Inc., The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) and Art Center Sarasota collaborated on this exhibition again this year and continue to be committed to our Suncoast artists in supporting their interest and talent as visual artists. We were thrilled to see so many new artists submit their work to be included in this annual exhibition.
This year, exhibition committee members reached as far as Jacksonville to interest and support Floridian artists of African descent. There was a strong move to attract new talent of emerging artists at the college level. The results were extremely exciting and show that new talent is being nurtured throughout Florida. In essence, we have created a social movement to engage new talent in Black artists. This outreach developed collaborations with colleges in Tampa, St. Petersburg, and the Sarasota-Manatee region. We interfaced with various cultures and races on dialogue to strengthen Black arts in the Suncoast. This work will help to build a community in which Black arts will thrive.
Krystle Lemonias, a Jamaican born printmaker visually tells the story
of the contributions and role Black immigrant women have played in
America’s workforce. Lemonias’ sophisticated use of materials and
iconography creates a strong expression of her theme.
Jesse Clark, a Haitian American fine art photographer who looks at the way society sees Black males and how he does not fill the conventional mold of his complexion.
Clark’s interpretation of this subject is powerful, graphic and with a fresh
interpretation of the subject.
Cora Marshall, a well-seasoned painter expresses spirituality, life, and her place in the world as an African and Native American. Her work stems from the conditions free African Americans experienced in post-slavery. Marshall’s emotional content, color and composition are potent expressions as depicted in her art.
Musa Kunene, an artist from Swaziland, who grew up in a family of black women speaks to the experience of being Black. Kunene incorporates in her art the Swazi/Xhosa ancestral worship and spiritual practices that are integral in their natural environment. The drawings combine the aspects of initiation such as purging and sacrifice. As a young artist Kunene is well on her way to becoming an emerging artist.
Greg Rumph, a mature painter, looks at historic Black figures that have
used their platform to aggressively combat systemic racism. The portraits
strip the narrative of traditional symbols. Rumph is a powerful
portrait painter that captures the soul of his subjects.