Telling Stories: Illustrations & New Works by Charly Palmer

7 October - 31 December 2022

Presented in special partnership with CALS / Six Bridges Book Festival, The Clinton Presidential Center, and Little Rock School District campuses - Brady Elementary, Stephens Elementary, and Little Rock Central High School.

Artist Statement:

“My art is about exploring the possibilities - the possibilities of moving in a space where we, Black people, are not distracted by or concerned with the mainstream gaze and standards of the European canon. My work is about uplifting Black folk. Through my personal lens of love and of  celebration, I embrace our uniqueness, our strength, and our contributions to the world.  With this body of work, I probed my soul. Each piece exposes my fears, vulnerabilities, and my power. This work is about the possibility of freedom. I asked myself: What does that look like? What does it feel like? What does it smell like? This work is a RAW examination of blackness: no judgment, no    desire to be judged, no need to be evaluated, defined, or validated.  Simply, an examination of “to be.”  The objects that are introduced can be interpreted as a random form or some true attachment to a truth that I am going on a journey to find. However, I really have no destination. This journey will be continuous until I am no longer on this earth in this human form. I am referencing the ancestors, God, Allah, the earth, the sky, the trees, and the truth.” - Charly Palmer  

Meet the Artist

Artist Reception
Thursday, October 20, 2022
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

In Conversation with Charly Palmer

Sunday, November 20, 2022
2:00 pm CST