featuring artwork by Jurell Cayetano, Karen Powell, Woodrow Nash, Charles White, Romare Bearden, Nelson Stevens, David Driskell, Najee Dorsey, Lavett Ballard, Richard Barthe and Jamaal Barber

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Black Art in America Fine Art Show : Philadelphia

The Black Art In America™ Fine Art Show Philadelphia, September 14-16th at The Historic Belmont Mansion and Underground Railroad Museum is a hybrid fine art fair featuring an impressively curated array of artworks presented by our invited galleries, dealers and artists. Artwork will be offered in a range of media from paintings, photography, limited edition prints, mixed media as well as works on paper and sculpture.  All artwork will be for sale.

Over the course of eight years, Black Art In America™ has become a leading resource for knowledgeable curators, collectors, connoisseurs and arts industry professionals. The BAIA arts experience includes exhibition, programming and performance. Our fine arts exhibitions include works by 20th – 21st century Masters as well a select group of today’s contemporary artists. For more information about the BAIA Fine Art Show Philadelphia email us at info@blackartinamerica.com

 Featuring works by:

Norman Lewis, Sargent Johnson, Hughie Lee-Smith, Reginald Gammon, John Biggers, Elizabeth Catlett, Romare Bearden, Samella Lewis, Richard Yarde, Richard Mayhew, Charles Alston, Charles White, Jacob Lawrence, Barbara Bullock, James E. Dupree, Lavett Ballard, Jamaal Barber, Benny Andrews, Charles Ethan Porter, Masa Zodros, Kevin Cole, Woodrow Nash, Najee Dorsey, Gerald Lovell, Charly Palmer, Delita Martin, Jurell Cayetano, Charles Porter, Barkley Hendricks, Bob Thompson, Nelson Stevens and more

Participating Galleries

Black Art In America Gallery, Tyler Fine Arts, Jubilee Fine Arts, WaterKolours Fine Art, Ellis Fine Art, (works from) Kenkeleba House.

(Watch videos to see some featured works in the show)



Saturday and Sunday exhibition is Free & Open to the Public

Programming/lectures daily pass is $25


Friday, September 14th 

(The Colored Girls Museum is our local beneficiary for our Collector’s Preview & Reception – $75.00) 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM  

unspecified-4.jpgBlack Art In America is pleased to present The Colored Girls Museum as our local non-profit beneficiary for the Fine Art Show. The Colored Girls Museum is a memoir museum, which honors the stories, experiences, and history of Colored Girls. This museum initiates the ordinary object—submitted by the colored girl herself, as representative of an aspect of her story and personal history, which she finds meaningful; her object embodies her experience and expression of being a Colored Girl. The Colored Girls Museum is headquartered in the historic neighborhood of Germantown in Philadelphia, an area renowned for its compliment of historic buildings and homes.

Saturday, September 15th

Exhibition hours 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

BAIA Talks: Inside scoop: What really happened with the Barnes Foundation 11:00-11:45 am. The Barnes Foundation has a collection worth over $70 billion, and is matched by an astounding multitude of myths and rumors about its origins and its founder Albert Barnes. Forget everything you think you know and come learn the real story as researched by Kimberly Camp, who led the foundation for 7 years, including its legal battle to move the collection to Philadelphia. Learn the truth behind Barnes commitment to African Americans, education and its relationship to Lincoln University, as backed by hard evidence in Barnes’ own archives. The real story is far more intriguing than everything you’ve heard!

BAIA Talks:  1 – 1:45 pm  A Path Forward: Join Sammetria Goodson, former Philadelphia resident, Temple Law Alum, and Attorney practicing Art Law, as she summarizes the legal Issues surrounding the Barnes Foundation’s move to the Parkway. Come learn why the current legal landscape surrounding collection management and donor intent matters to Art collectors, institutions, and communities.

Patric McCoy in front of a painting by his father, “Nuclear Family” (1954).Credit Whitten Sabbatini for The New York Times

BAIA Talks: ‘ART COLLECTORS’, Chicago Style 3 – 3:50pm. Patric McCoy, Co-Founder of Diasporal Rhythms presents how that Chicago-based organization of art collectors has for 15 years worked to break down misconceptions about the act of art collecting and through inventive programs and activities redefined “art collector” such that more and more Chicagoans are seeing themselves as active agents in our visual arts culture. The group is preparing for their 15th Anniversary Exhibition and Collectors Home Tour Weekend October 12-14, 2018. Read a recent article about Patric in the NY Times HERE

Sunday, September 16th

Exhibition hours 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM


BAIA Talks: Creating Sanctuary with Art as a Transformative and Healing Experience  11:30 – 12:30  The Colored Girls Museum is a public ritual for the protection praise and grace of the ordinary Colored Girl. In this talk TCGM leadership founder Vashti DuBois, curator Michael Clemmons and associate director/performance curator Ian Friday offer a talk about the power of black art to create sanctuary. We must as communities and individuals create safe space now more than ever. The collection and curation of art and artifact significant to your experience is transformative and healing. Learn how black art is an essential aspect of such a practice.

Image result for board of directorsBAIA Talks: Seat at the Table: Conversation with Board Members of Art Institutions 1 – 2 pm. A seat on the Board is nice but here is how we advance culture through exhibition, programming and the permanent collections of majority institutions as it relates to artists of color. Moderated by Danny Simmons, Jr., a abstract-expressionist painter. Danny is also the founder and Vice Chairman of the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation and Rush Arts Gallery.



Daniel “Danny” Simmons, Jr. is an abstract-expressionist painter. Older brother of hip-hop impressario Russell Simmons and rapper Joseph Simmons (“Rev. Run” of Run DMC), he is the founder and Vice Chairman of the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation and Rush Arts Gallery. In addition, Simmons converted part of his loft in Brooklyn into the Corridor Gallery. Along with his brother Russell, Simmons established Def Poetry Jam, which has enjoyed long- running success on HBO. In 2004, Simmons published Three Days As The Crow Flies, a fictional account of the 1980’s New York art scene. He has also written a book of artwork and poetry called I Dreamed My People Were Calling But I Couldn’t Find My Way.

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“Art empowers us to face the challenges of a rapidly changing society while healing our fragmented sense of identity and community.” Heike Rass

Heike Rass is a strategic consultant and innovative visual art promoter with a particular focus on underrepresented artists, arts organizations and projects. Rass is committed to community engagement through intercultural marketing and asset-based approaches, focusing on each community’s strength. Previously she promoted the Norman Lewis and Henry O. Tanner retrospectives at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts to national and international audiences. For more information:  heikerass.com | @heikerass | #heikeartgram

Faron Manuel is the coordinator of the Mellon Undergraduate Curatorial Fellowship and the Mellon Graduate Fellowship in Object-Centered Curatorial Research at the High Museum of Art. Prior to joining the High Museum, he was the Special Projects Curatorial Assistant to the director of the Clark Atlanta University Art Museum.

Faron also served as the Assistant Editor at Black Art In America, where he interviewed Prominent African American artists and reported extensively about contemporary art and culture. He holds a B.A. in History from Clark Atlanta University. Before obtaining his degree he worked as a docent and student Assistant in the CAU Art Museum, earned several awards and fellowships in the arts, and curated Négritude, an exhibition that explored a French literary and philosophical movement within the African diaspora.

Esther Silver-Parker is president and CEO of The SilverParker Group, a consultancy specializing in corporate responsibility and reputation, stakeholder relationship management and leadership development. Silver-Parker is an avid fine art collector, patron of the arts and supporter of Black Art In America and our mission to document, preserve and promote the contributions of the African-American arts community and communities of color. Mrs. Silver-Parker’s interest in art and collecting spurred out of her experiences while attending North Carolina Central and Columbia University. Now on the Board of Trustees at Spelman College, Silver-Parker states: “I joined Spelman’s board of trustees because I want to help lead the globalization of Spelman, ensuring that Spelman women have broad opportunities throughout the world. I also believe that when you empower women, families, communities and countries, all benefit”.

Najee Dorsey, Founder / CEO of Black Art in America (BAIA), (Garden Art for the Soul, Do YOU Basel, EVERYTHANG BLACK, ShopBAIA.COM) and an avid collector and patron of the arts. Black Art In America (BAIA) is the leading online social network and multifaceted media company focused on African-American art. We’ve produced art exhibitions and events in NYC, Miami during Art Basel, Kansas City, Bentonville, Atlanta and numerous private events throughout the United States. Najee is also an accomplished visual artist currently showing at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts: PAFA as well as having shown and in the permanent collections of the Columbus Museum, Charles H. Wright, Houston Museum of African American Culture, David C. Driskell Collection, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, David W. Mullins Library at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR and many other institutions.


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Recap of our the BAIA Fine Art Show Houston, October of 2017, don’t miss out on the Philadelphia show.