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Minnesota Black Fine Art Show
January 11 - March 23, 2019

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Presented in partnership with Obsidian Arts and funded by the Minnesota State Arts Board, the show will feature ten Black Minnesota artists. After showing for nine weeks in Austin, the show will continue around the state and be on view in Duluth, St. Cloud, Mankato and Minneapolis. 

The artists were chosen from a pool of applicants by a jury process. The artists are Kprecia Ambers, Eyenga Bokamba, Carla Hamilton, Christopher E. Harrison, Bill Jeter, Antwon Key, Terresa Moses, Theoneste Munyemana, Ivy Vainio and Carl Wesley

Kprecia Ambers is a fiber artist based in Minneapolis. A graduate of Concordia University, Ambers launched her own company, KPinspires, in 2016. “Focusing on home décor and surface design my work aims to celebrate Afrocentric women, empowerment, and good vibes. In hopes to represent my culture, illustrative drawings of ethnic women is created from inspirational words to aspire those who look like me to keep fighting for their dreams.”

An abstract painter and writer, Eyenga Bokamba is based in Minneapolis. Among her accomplishments are four solo shows in the US and one in Italy, a Bush Leadership Fellowship in 2006 and serving as a board member on the National Performance Network/Visual Arts Network. She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and Harvard University Graduate School of Education. Bokamba says, ”The act of creating inviting, transformative, reflective spaces allows me to inhabit multiple identities in new ways, which impacts my ability to participate in the current national conversation on race, power and privilege.”

A native and current resident of Duluth, Carla Hamilton is a mixed media artist. She attended Free KunstSchule in Stuttgart, Germany and put on a solo show in Bad Cannstat, Germany. Hamilton has also been honored with five solo shows in the upper Midwest since 2013 and three artist grants from the Arrowhead Arts Council. She is inspired by aardvarks and has reached an accord with the sun “where is was dictated that nothing can be hidden if you burn brightest.”

Christopher E. Harrison, a painter based in Minneapolis, has exhibited eight solo shows and seven public art commissions in the Twin cities metro area since 2004. Harrison’s work has been published in New American Paintings: Midwest Edition 2017. A graduate of the Columbus College of Art and Design, he has a background in teaching and museum curation.  

Bill Jeter is a New Jersey native and multi media artist who has been a resident of Minnesota for 34 years. He holds a degree from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, and an Master of Fine Arts from the Minneapolis College of Art & Design. He has been a principal studio art instructor at the Perpich Center for Arts Education for the past 16 years. Describing his work, Jeter says, “I create images, objects and documents that are stories about culture and experience... I love making things!”

Photographer and graphic designer Antwon Key is based in Eagle Lake and Mankato. Key is a  Graphic Communications instructor at South Central College where he also serves on the Diversity Committee and Academic Quality Improvement (AQIP) Steering Committee. Outside of the classroom, he has been employed as a photographer and graphic designer since 2012 and won the 2018 Print Regional Design Award and will have his work published in the HOW + Print book “The Best Design of 2019.” Key earned a Master of Fine Arts from the Vermont College of Fine Arts and a degree from the University of Alabama.

Terresa Moses is a painter and graphic designer based in Duluth where she also works as an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at the University of Minnesota. Moses has a variety of creative experience including lead designer for Couture by Alana, Inc., a start-up fashion company; apparel and graphic design leader for RR Designs, Co., creating licensed product on behalf of NFL, NHL, NCAA, Betty Boop, Bratz and Marvel; and freelance projects for dentists' offices, call centers, restaurants, and non-profits organizations. She earned a Master of Fine Arts in Design and a degree from the University of North Texas.

Theoneste Munyemana is an abstract painter who lives and works in the Twin Cities. Munyemana is also a Business Systems Analyst for the Met Council.

Inspired by cultural diversity, photographer Ivy Vainio lives and works in Duluth. She earned a Master of Arts in Communicating Arts from the University of Wisconsin and a degree from the University of Minnesota. Her photos have been shown in three solo shows, six books and are part of permanent collections at the Tweed Museum, The Depot and Cloquet Community Memorial Hospital. She won the University of Wisconsin’s system-wide Woman of Color in Higher Education Award. Vainio has been involved with multicultural affairs and American Indian/Native American studies since 1992.

Mixed media artist Carl Wesley explores memory and imagination in his work which include memory-box-like objects with literal and figurative windows. Growing up on the Urban East Coast, Wesley was influenced by his high school art teacher in New Canaan, Connecticut, Michael B. Gallagher. Wesley went on to study at Parsons School of Design. His formal influences include painter James Havard. Currently living in Minneapolis, Wesley’s art career has thrived despite experiencing long-term incarceration.

The Minnesota Black Fine Art Show will open with a reception on Friday, January 11 at 5 to 7 p.m. and be available to view in the 2nd Gallery through March 23, 2019. 


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