African American Alumni Art on Display

The Madonna in blue dress and red head wrap holds baby Jesus in her lap. They are sitting between tropical plants.

Madonna and Child in the Garden by Anna Arnold (GRS ’10)

A special exhibition featuring works by African American alumni of the master’s program in art education is on view at the Art Studio gallery through March 6. The exhibition includes a colorful, diverse array of sculptures, paintings, photographs, masks, drawings and fiber art. 

The alumni artists are Anna Arnold, Gina Brent, Danny Carver, Napoleon Dismuke, Georgio Sabino, Jerome White, Tucker White and Travis Williams. Also represented in the show is Sandra Noble, who has taught in the art studio and art education programs in the Department of Art History and Art for more than two decades.  

Among the distinguished guests at the exhibition opening on Feb. 8 were artist Hector Vega; Newburgh Heights Councilwoman Gigi Traore; Prester Pickett, coordinator for the Howard A. Mims African American Cultural Center; Elizabeth Bolman, the Elsie B. Smith Chair in the Liberal Arts and chair of the Department of Art History and Art; and Vera Perkins-Hughes, president of the CWRU African American Alumni Association.

The exhibition is curated by Tim Shuckerow, director of art education and the Art Studio. Shuckerow, who has collected and studied West African art since the early 1980s, included some pieces from his collection in the show.  

The Art Studio gallery (2215 Adelbert Road) is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.