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Exhibit: From This Fertile Soil: Ancestors and Icons

January 21, 2020



Thrilled to be part of this upcoming exhibition. Curated by Mansa K. Mussa

“The first recorded group of enslaved Africans arrived in North America in Jamestown, Virginia in 1619. From that time until now, over four hundred years, their descendants have used art to speak our stories into existence, and also relied on art to serve as a cathartic tool for discovery, therapy and healing.
“Many of our parents and grandparents, who tilled the Fertile Soil of the South, left their American homelands in a series of Great Migrations from 1916 to 1970. In on the East Coast they swept up I-95 North, from South and North Carolina, Virginia, and Florida, up north/up south, searching for freedom, economic opportunities and “the warmth of other suns.”

This exhibit, From This Fertile Soil: Ancestors and Icons, utilizes prints, sculpture, drawings, mixed media, quilts, chairs and photography to share inspirational artistic information about the individuals on whose shoulders we stand, and the icons that shape our artistic landscape.

Curator: Mansa K. Mussa - photomansa@gmail.com

Janice Anderson, Bradford Brown, Stephen B. Ellis, Antoinette Ellis-Williams, Shamba Farrar, Ron Freeman, Gerry Gaines, Gladys Grauer, Ray Horner, Lester Johnson, Mansa K. Mussa, Roger Okewole, Yvonne Onque, Nell Painter, Glendora Simonson, Onnie Strother, Bisa Washington, Grace Williams, and Cheryl Willis-Hudson.

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2017 by Antoinette Ellis-Williams