8th Southwest Black Art Show Comes to Dallas June 23-25

Black Fine Art Show will attract nationally known artists, collectors, educators
and curators to the Southwest region

Dallas, TX-April 26, 2017—The Southwest Black Art Show was envisioned to present a quality experience for artists, collectors, galleries, educators, fine art professionals, and anyone interested in black art. The SWBAS is committed to the exclusive presentation of original art produced by artists of African and African-American descent. Our goal is to make the SWBAS a destination point where collectors come to find quality black art. The Show will be held June 23-25 at the African American Museum, Dallas.

This show will host a series of workshops for those interested in becoming collectors, but may not know exactly what to look for when viewing a work of art. The Show will feature presentations by seasoned authors that will discuss topics focused on urban and traditional art forms. In addition, there will be hands-on activities for families and children throughout the weekend.

This year we are pleased to announce two featured artists. The first is 90 year old James Brown, who has been an activist in the Haitian community for decades who now resides in Dallas. The second is international artist Leroy Campbell who lives New York. Campbell who is originally from South Carolina is known seamlessly intermixing the unlikely societies of Gullah – Geechee roots, post Renaissance vibes of Harlem and Brooklyn, and the 1980s African cultural resurgence. Both Brown and Campbell were chosen for their universal views of honoring traditions while fusing them with the current political and social climate.

Additionally local Dallas area artists: Mark Crow, Tyra Goodley, Don O’Bannon, Evita Tenezo, and Paul Harris will be joined by more than a dozen artists from the Southwest. Over twenty-five artists are expected.

The SWBAS was founded by artist, Frank Frazier, a group of art educators, collectors and curators from North Texas in 2010. Annual attendance is more than 2,000 visitors. Members of the Honorary Steering Committee are Fort Worth Attorney Renee’ Higginbotham-Brooks; Dr. M. Keith Rawlings, MD; Margie Johnson Reese, Executive Director, Big Thought; well-known collector, Curtis Ransom; Phillip Collins; collectors, James and Marie Gwyn; AT&T Executive; Debra Peoples and SWBFAS Founder Frank Frazier.

Artists will compete to win one of three prizes: two “Best in Show” awards for two participating artists who will receive a one-person exhibition at the African American Museum and the South Dallas Cultural Center (exhibitions will be scheduled within a two-year period at each of the institutions). The third prize is an “Art Purchase Prize” of up to $1,500 from the winning artist.

For more than 35 years, the African American Museum has stood as a cultural beacon in Dallas and the Southwestern United States. Started in 1974 as a part of the Bishop College Special Collection, the Museum has operated independently since 1979. The Museum was founded in 1974 as a part of Bishop College and came to life under the vision of Dr. Harry Robinson, Jr., Founding President/CEO.

Located in Dallas’ historic Fair Park, the African American Museum is the only museum in the Southwestern United States dedicated to the collection, preservation and display of African American artistic, cultural and historical materials that relate to the African-American experience. Visit www.aamdallas.org to find the latest information about the Southwest Black Art Show, including the list of current artists and scheduled presentations. For sponsorship and ad information call Jane B. Jones at 214-565-9026, ext. 328, jjones@aamdallas.org.

Cherie S. White
Cherie S. White
Cherie S. White is Director of Digital Strategy for the Tom Joyner Foundation, a writer and editor.

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