Group Exhibition, co-curated by Raymond Wyatt and Shauna Benoit
Marlene & Spencer Hays Foundation Gallery
September 4 – November 7, 2020
The new exhibition, titled “Our Faces, Our Voices,” opening at the Fort Worth Community Art Center, will feature self-portraits from 15 different minority artists of various styles and mediums local to the DFW Metroplex. This art exhibit is co-curated by Raymond Wyatt and Shauna Benoit.
This exhibition is proud to feature artworks by Jeremy Biggers, Ari Brielle, Dr. Valerie Bennett Gillespie, Riley Holloway, Amanda Jackson, Jerry Lynn, Stacie Monday, JD Moore, Abi Salami, Armando Sebastian, Madelyn Sneed Grays, Susan Sponsler-Carstarphen, Desiree Vaniecia, James Zamora, and Stephen Zhang. These artists’ mediums range from traditional oil paint to photography/video, giving them an unbound expression of their voice.
Minority men and women have historically been underrepresented in western art. According to a recent study of 18 museums across the U.S., it is estimated that 85% of the art in the museum’s collections are by white artists. The past few years have seen a divergence from this as more artists of color gain national notoriety for their talent and accomplishments. This exhibition seeks to highlight the extraordinary talents of some of the area’s local artists.
Previously, “master” artists used self-portraits to demonstrate their ability and announce their place within society, their chosen vocation, and artistic style. This collection of self-portraits come from artists who themselves grew up lacking representation of people that looked like them and role models within the art world. In their way, each artist has been giving a voice to aspects of history previously untold and changing the way we see the world and their place in it.
Artist Panel Discussion 1: Host and co-curator Ray Wyatt and four of the artists featured in the exhibit- Jeremy Biggers, Stacie Monday, Abi Salami, and Desiree Vaniecia
Artist Panel Discussion 2: Host and co-curator Ray Wyatt and four of the artists featured in the exhibit- Amanda Jackson, Jerry Lynn, JD Moore, and Susan Sponsler-Carstarphen