COMING SOON:
Ohio Diaspora: Art from the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center and Ohio Artists

Colorful artwork with a variety of patterns and textures.

Jan. 30 - April 11, 2020

 

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). 

 

ALL EVENTS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Painting of a crowd of people

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"

 

 

Abstract, colorful artworkOhio 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

 

Black and white portrait of a woman

 

 

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

 

 

Sculpture made of mixed media

 

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

 

 

 

Colorful, abstract artwork

 

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

 

Colorful, bright artwork

 

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

 

 

 

Artwork depicting two women

 

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

 

Black and white artwork depicting tow boys, one in a wheelbarrow

 

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"

 

 

Photograph of a smiling woman

 

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

 

LOBBY EXHIBITION: West Bridge Camera Club 

Feb. 3 - March 14, 2020

 

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.

The OAC Riffe Gallery is located in the Vern Riffe Center for Government and the Arts, 77 S. High St., Columbus, OH 43215.

Hours: Mon., Tue., Wed., Fri. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Thurs. 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Sat. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Closed Sundays and state holidays.

Media support is provided by CD102.5CitySceneOhio Channel, Ohio Magazine, and WCBE 90.5 FM.

Visit RiffeGallery.org, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Instagram and Twitter.

ABOUT THE OHIO ARTS COUNCIL
The Ohio Arts Council is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally, and economically. Connect with the OAC on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, or visit our website at oac.ohio.gov

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