We wanted to take an opportunity to highlight a few of the amazing things we have been up to so far this year, both in and outside of the studio!
Dr. Maurita Poole, the dean and curatorial staff at Clark Atlanta University Museum visited the home of Najee & Seteria Dorsey to skim their collection and art studio, late January. They enjoyed sharing their personal collection and some of Najee’s new works ,as well as , discussing future opportunities with BAIA.
ARtrepreneurs in the house… Chintia Kirana – Founder/ Editor-In-Chief for Expose Art Magazine stopped by earlier this month for a visit.
Najee Dorsey kicking it with Alice Walton and friends for the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art opening of Soul of A Nation #winning
Najee with mural in studio prior to installation — My lonely heart escaped its Southern Blues, 10 x 20 foot mural.
Together Columbus 2017 Public Art Project’ . Together 2017, in its second year as a community-based campaign initiated by the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, will invest nearly $140,000 in Rotary Park along the Chattahoochee RiverWalk south of downtown and a multi-faceted art project that combines murals with poetry.
Najee’s piece is titled ‘My Lonely Heart Escaped Its Southern Blues’ and was derived from an excerpt from the poem “My River Valley”, written by Northside High School theater instructor Isiah M. Harper. The mural will be installed in the historic Liberty District, Columbus, GA.
Artist & CEO of Black Art in America, Najee Dorsey with
Creative Assistant, Diamond Gass.
Diamond is a photographer, graphic designer and has recently added podcast producer to her resume. Among her capacity of Creative Assistant, her many tasks include social media, studio assistant, and marketing consultant.
Thanks again for all your continued support!
LOUIS DELSARTE: SPIRIT CONJURER
North Carolina Central University Art Museum
Sunday – Februrary 24, 2018 I 2 – 4 PM
Louis Delsarte is a profound figurative expressionist from New York City. He received a B.FA. from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York and an M.FA. from the University of Arizona. Delsarte has taught painting and drawing at numerous institutions for many years. Currently he teaches arts and humanities at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia.
Peggy Cooper Cafritz, a doyenne of Washington arts and education, who tried to mend many of the city’s social and racial wounds, created one of the nation’s leading arts-intensive high schools, and capped her civic involvement with a divisive six-year tenure as D.C. school board president, died Feb. 18 at a hospital in Washington. She was 70.
Read more on this story in the Washington Post write – up below.
Editor(s):Trevor Schoomaker Contributor(s):Trevor Schoomaker, Thelma Golden, Franklin Sirmans, Barkley L. Hendricks
Published:January 2018 Pages: 140
Barkley L. Hendricks: Birth of the Cool accompanies the first career retrospective of the renowned American artist Barkley L. Hendricks. Hendricks was born in 1945 in Philadelphia. His unique work contains elements of both American realism and postmodernism, occupying a space between the portraitists Chuck Close and Alex Katz and the pioneering black conceptualists David Hammons and Adrian Piper. Hendricks is best known for his life-sized portraits of people of color from the urban northeast. His bold portrayal of his subject’s attitude and style elevates the common person to celebrity status. Cool, empowering, and sometimes confrontational, Hendricks’ artistic privileging of a culturally complex black body has paved the way for today’s younger generation of artists.