Held annually at the Museum of Science and Industry (MSI), Black Creativity began in 1970 as a celebration of culture, heritage, and the celebration of Black Excellence in the Arts. Initially conceived and organized by a staff of local artists and key staff members of the Chicago Defender. Renamed in 1984 to Black Creativity, the exhibition expanded to include Black contributions in the areas of STEM. The Juried Art Exhibition is a signature program of the Black Creativity exhibition and remains the largest running exhibit of Black Art in the country.
Paul Branton, Roger J. Carter, Erica S. Hubbard, Candace Hunter, and Rene Morrell judged this year’s artistic works. The works reflect our world today with a focus on the hardships of the pandemic, a national reckoning for racial justice and the beauty and joy of the Black lived experience. From neighbors, heroes, and surroundings, the artists beautifully capture the incredible beauty of Black life despite the many challenges and obstacles faced in the Black Community. Powerful social commentary in the form of photography, sculpture, paintings, and mixed media complete the Juried Art Exhibition.
This year’s Juried Art Exhibition includes over 200 works and 63 works created by teen artists. The Black Creativity Juried Art Exhibition, Innovation Studio, Innovator Gallery, Jr. Science and Art Cafés, and many more programs at MSI highlight Black Excellence to inspire, support, and embolden Black youth to explore their limitless potential to dream, achieve and succeed.
On February 19, 2022, MSI will host its annual Black Creativity Gala. The annual gala is a memorable evening of scientific curiosity, artistic expression, and cultural pride designed to raise funds to support MSI’s STEM education programs. For over 50 years, the Museum of Science and Industry has celebrated the rich contributions and achievements of Black creators, innovators, artists, and geniuses.
The Black Creativity Exhibition runs through April 17th at the Museum of Science and Industry. For more information or tickets, visit their website at https://www.msichicago.org/.