RESPECTCelebrating 50 Years of AfriCOBRA 3 Sep - 2 Dec 2018 In Partnership with Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, this exhibit examines the history and current iteration of the AfriCOBRA artist collective. “RESPECT: Celebrating 50 years of AfriCOBRA” features a tribute to the contributions of Arkansas native and cofounder of AfriCOBRA, Jeff Donaldson. Donaldson shares an alma mater, the University of Arkansas...
Identity TheftFeaturing CHUKES 29 Jun - 22 Sep 2018 CHUKES showcases work which he initially created in 2017 as a protest towards the recent televised brutality and killings of Black people and people of color.
Then and NowFeaturing Frank Morrison 20 Apr - 2 Jun 2018 Growing up in New Jersey, Frank Morrison began developing his own style through ‘R.I.P’ art scenes that brought him considerable street recognition and local acclaim.
Daughters of the DiasporaWomen of Color Speak 20 Feb - 13 Nov 2018 Daughters of the Diaspora - Women of Color Speak brings together creative voices through a variety of mediums.
Personal VisionsThe Exhibition 1 Feb - 14 Apr 2018 Master American photographer Adger Cowan's predominantly black-and-white photography is showcased in Personal Vision: The Exhibition
Almost FamousFeaturing Curtis Gerhardt 21 Nov 2017 - 18 Jan 2018 Curtis Gerhardt is a native of Little Rock, Arkansas. At an early age he discovered he possessed formidable skills in various artistic techniques and mediums. Throughout elementary and high school, teachers and classmates relied on him to create bulletin boards, banners and murals. Their appreciation of his artistic talents encouraged him to spend countless hours honing his craft.
He began his formal training at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff majoring in Fine Art. He also formed G.Wizz Creations, a graphic design company specializing in T-shirt designs and company logos for branding and advertisement. He moved to Atlanta, Georgia. in 1998 to study graphic design at the Art Institute of Atlanta and immediately put his artistic skills to work for LaFace Records. In 1999 he began working with the city of Atlanta Parks and Recreation and the Bureau of Art and Cultural Affairs educating and encouraging art in Atlanta youth. He is also a former graphic design instructor for the Fulton County School District and art instructor for Camp Best Friends, a summer camp program targeting Atlanta's underprivileged inner city youth.
Gerhardt is a featured artist in the Starbuck's Artist to Watch campaign which displays local artists works at various Starbucks locations in the metro Atlanta area. His work was also featured in the national stage play tour of "The Sam Cooke Story; A Change Gone Come". He participates in an annual one man show sponsored by the American Cancer Society Golf Tournament as well as the Georgia Teachers Association Teacher of the Year presentation sponsored by the Atlanta Journal Constitution. A collection of his work was also on display for the Black Community Developers Anniversary and Award Presentation. Black Community Developers is a community outreach program based in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Curtis Gerhardt currently lives in Atlanta and continues to paint subjects that speak to the viewer's everyday experience, keeping the viewer engaged, excited and anxious to see the next piece. In his words..." I want the person who sees my work to walk away with something to remember and talk about."