The Ohio Arts Council’s (OAC) Riffe Gallery presents Ohio Diaspora: Art from the Collection of the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center and Ohio Artists, on display Jan. 30 – April 11, 2020. The National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center educates the public about African American history and culture, from African origins to the present by collecting, preserving, and interpreting material evidence of the Black experience. The exhibition was curated by Rosa Rojas.
Featured artists include Tracy Ameen (Chagrin Falls), Ron Anderson (Columbus), Talle Bamazi (Columbus), Queen Brooks (Columbus), Johnny Coleman (Oberlin), Bing Davis (Dayton), Joe F. Howard (Columbus), Morris T. Howard (Dayton), Jimi Jones (Cincinnati), Dr. Carolyn L. Mazloomi (West Chester), Lisa McLymont (Columbus), Faith Moore (Columbus), James A. Padgett (Wilberforce), Bruce Robinson (Columbus), April Sunami (Columbus), Tariq Tarey (New Albany), and Shirley Tucker (Dayton).
Curator's Tour with Rosa Rojas | Saturday, Feb. 1, 1 - 2 p.m.
Curator Rosa Rojas will lead guests through the exhibition and discuss her curatorial process. She will provide the backgrounds and inspirations of featured works in the show. Image credit: Morris T. Howard, "I Dream a World, 2009 Inauguration Day"
Ohio Diaspora Opening Reception | Saturday, Feb. 1, 2 - 4 p.m.
Experience the engaging work featured in the Riffe Gallery's newest exhibition while enjoying live music by Paisha Thomas and Counterfeit Madison. Image credit: Bing Davis, "Ancestral Spirit Dance #415," 2018
Artist Talk with Tariq Tarey | Thursday, Feb. 6, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Learn about the artist's inspirations, journey, and creative process in this educational artist talk. Image credit: Tariq Tarey, "Eva," 2019
Artist Talk with Johnny Coleman | Thursday, Feb. 27, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Learn about the artist's inspirations, journey, and creative process in this educational artist talk. Image credit: Johnny Coleman, "Lifted (For Shoulders)," 2009
Artist Talk with Willis "Bing" Davis | Thursday, March 12, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Learn about the artist's inspirations, journey, and creative process in this educational artist talk. Image credit: Willis Bing Davis, "Ancestral Spirit Dance #415," 2018
Wood Burning Symbology with Queen Brooks | Thursday, March 19, 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Participants will use colored pencils and wood burning tools to create art incorporating symbols on wood. Image credit: Queen Brooks, "Abidjan Memories," 2006
Friends and Family Workshop with April Sunami | Saturday, March 28, 1 - 3 p.m.
Participants will show how one object can become two different canvases –one for a concept on the outside, and the other for the opposite concept on the inside. Image credit: April Sunami, "Love Dialectic," 2016
Artist Talk with Dr. Carolyn L. Mazloomi | Wednesday, April 1, noon - 1 p.m.
Learn about the artist's inspirations, journey, and creative process in this educational artist talk. Image credit: "I am my Brother's Keeper"
Creative Writing Workshop with Rose Smith | Thursday, April 9, 5:30 - 8 p.m.
Grow your creative writing skills with award-winning performance poet, author, and Cave Canem fellow Rose Smith as she guides participants through this educational workshop. Image courtesy of woub.org
Title image credit: Willis Bing Davis, Ancestral Spirit Dance #415, 2018
ABOUT THE OAC RIFFE GALLERY
The Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery showcases the work of Ohio's artists and the collections of the state's museums and galleries.
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The gallery is located in the Vern Riffe Center for Government and the Arts, 77 S. High St., Columbus, OH 43215.
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Inside Looking Out: Creative Works by Ohio Prison Inmates | Dec. 19, 2017 – Jan. 28, 2018
Inmates from several Ohio prison facilities create works of art with unexpected, imaginative recycled materials in addition to conventional media. The exhibition is presented by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, the OAC Riffe Gallery, and the Correctional Institution Inspection Committee.
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