Ralph Beach, A VISUAL RESPONSE TO VIOLENCE, 2008
January 9, 2009
Mixed media exhibit: January 12-19
The African-American Master Artists in Residence at Northeastern are 13 visual artists who work in different media, have widely differing styles, and come to their art from different backgrounds. But all of them are storytellers who seek to relate some part of the same ever-evolving narrative, that of the African diaspora. From Ralph Beach’s watercolors of the Lost Boys of Sudan and Gloretta Baynes’ digital collage depicting a 19th century writing system in Cameroon, to the oils by Keith Washington of American landscapes that contain a tragic, sinister history and L’Merchie Frazier’s documentation, in mixed media, of 19th century African-American businesswomen, these works convey and celebrate the cultural and historical richness of the African experience.
The African-American Master Artists in Residence Program (AAMARP) is a center of excellence in multicultural visual and performing arts dedicated to creating an enriching cultural environment for a diverse community through exhibitions, concerts, performances, lectures, and workshops. Founded in 1977 by Dana Chandler, today AAMARP provides studio space for 13 artists whose work has made an invaluable contribution to Northeastern University and to the vitality of the African-American art scene in Boston and throughout the nation. It remains a prominent center for discussion of the African diaspora cultural growth and development.