12 Freedoms Gained Art Exhibition

Presented by Unity Unlimited

Dale Brock and Visiting Angels Gallery

TranSystems Corporation Gallery


On view May 21 - July 17, 2021


Exhibition Statement

Unity Unlimited is commemorating Juneteenth with a month-long set of events across Fort Worth! Visual art selected from artists across the nation will be on view at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center. You are invited to come to celebrate Juneteenth at the 12 Freedoms Gained Art Exhibitions, which includes a juried youth exhibition, Opal's Choice 2021: Magazine UMOJA, and Opal's Choice Artist 2021: Charlotte Van Ross!


12 Freedoms Gained Juried Art Exhibition

2021 marks the third art exhibition for Ms. Tanya Starks' 12 Freedoms Gained, featuring a curation team of Angela James, Cynthia Lee, Dione Sims, and Tanya Starks.

12 Freedoms Gained Juried Youth Exhibition

On view June 10 - July 17, 2021

Be inspired by our youth! Their art exhibition, selected from the the top ten artists, will open June 10, 2021, in the Fort Worth Community Art Center! The youth art exhibition will be judged by Dianne Giles, Beth McAnthony, Vonnie Kahn, William Ross McCourtie, Tanya Starks, Cynthia Lee, and Stephanie Yearby.


Opal's Choice 2021: UMOJA Magazine

In Honor of Milele Chikasa Anana, visionary creator of UMOJA Magazine and Ms. Opals' beloved cousin, a collection of the magazine's covers will be on view. This magazine is Ms. Anana's passion for the African American community and has celebrated positive Black news for over 25 years. The UMOJA collection has been shared with us from Treater Prestine, daughter of Milele Chikasa Anana. UMOJA Magazine selects an original artist rendering for its cover art each month. This tradition has introduced talented African American artists to the world as they represent their passion through their visual artistry. Opal's Choice 2021: UMOJA Magazine will showcase UMOJA cover artists Andrew Nichols, Charles Caldwell, Charles Bibbs, Stanley Sallay, Leroy Campbell, Andrew Nicholas, Alex Baptiste, Phillip Kumah, Gillian Drier, Henry Hawkins Woodrow Nash, Jerry Jordan, Fredrick Hanger, Gilbert Young, and Stacey Smith.


Opal's Choice 2021 Artist: Charlotte Van Ross

Charlotte Van Ross's art is expressive, well-balanced, and evocative. It speaks to the Black experience in America through the use of color, composition, and mixed media. Charlotte was born into this world with no hands. All her works are created without the usual appendages God gave us. Charlotte has risen above her limitations and now sets a standard of excellence for others to emulate. She has been certified to work with children with disabilities and is also a well-respected motivational speaker. She is an award-winning artist recognized by Black Irving Art Center Delta Sigma Theta Dallas Alumnae, Haute Art Auction. The Follow the Dream Art Show, The 2002 Women in the Arts Award. The Black Academy of Arts and Letters and show at the Dallas Arboretum.


Arthello Beck's "Juneteenth Picnic," courtesy of Tanya Starks