Inaugural Black Fine Art Month continues with Salon Talks, Exhibitions and Tours

Office of the President at Chicago State University opens new art installation during Black Fine Art Month

Pigment International celebrates Black Fine Art Month with Ayzha Gallery and No Studio

Salon Talk this Saturday covers Black Art in Public Spaces

Pigment International, the Black Art Collective continues its celebration of Black Fine Art Month with a Salon Talk entitled Black Art in Public Spaces at the DuSable Museum of African American History, a Smithsonian affiliate, from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, in the Ames Auditorium. The event is free to the public.

Panelists for the Salon Talk are Angela S. Williams, deputy director of creative in the Design and Exhibit Development for the acclaimed Museum of Science; noted muralist Rahmaan Statik,  co-founder of R.K Design, a graphic arts and mural collective, who has produced more than 400 murals; and Artist Candace Hunter who creates collage, paintings, installations that tell stories through the use of appropriated materials from popular magazines, vintage maps, and resourced materials.

The second in the series of Salon Talks commemorating Black Fine Art Month was held last Thursday and took a deep dive into the art movements that originated and thrived in Chicago.  The panelists were Abdul Alkalimat (Gerald McWorter), OBAC Movement Founder; Arlene Crawford – AfriCOBRA curator at the DuSable Museum; and Juarez Hawkins – BSAM, YCS Teaching Artist, member Sapphire and Crystals.  The Panel will be moderated by Dr. Haki R. Madhubuti, founder and publisher Emeritus, Third World Press/Third World Press Foundation. Madhubutisummed up the panel when he offered, “We have to create art that gives us hope for tomorrow.”

The celebration of Black Fine Art Month continues to grow and this month Z. Scott, president of Chicago State University’s announced the opening of a new art installation in the Office of the President. The exhibition features work by artist Shirley Hudson.  Ayzha Fine Art Gallery in Milwaukee in partnership with No Studios hosted an Art Tour in recognition of Black Fine Art Month.  Those interested in art events happening across the country may visit The Black Fine Art Month calendar to connect to local and national events.

The Salon Talks are part of the continuing celebration of Black Fine Art Month.Held each October, Black Fine Art Month is a global celebration of the Black Fine Art aesthetic, an annual recognition of artists, innovators, collectors, curators and those vested in the Black Art tradition, and an opportunity to commemorate and elevate these contributions through art programming.  Black Fine Art Month is an initiative of Pigment International™. The Salons will be streamed live via YouTube and on social media. The celebration will be documented in Pigment Magazine, an Ozzie Award Finalist for “Best Design for New Magazine.”

A Salon Talk will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, with artist Joyce Owens, sculptor and writer Debra Hand and artist, curator and muralist Dorian Sylvain, titled, “Dr. Margaret Burroughs, Culturalist, Artist, Institution & Legacy Builder.”

An exhibition of the work of the Pigment Artist Collective and guest artists is on display in the Sky Light Gallery in the Harold Washington Wing of the Museum until the end of October.  Exhibition Artists:  Paul Branton, Tyler Clark, Ted Ellis, Lesley Etherly, Gerald Griffin,  Michael Gunn, Jason E. Jones, Barrett Keithley, Blake Lenoir, Angelica London, James Nelson, Raymond Thomas, Dana Todd Pope, Martha Wade, Eddie Santana White, and Dwight White, Kevin Williams.

Partners for all Black Fine Art Events include the Chicago Reader, Black Art in America, Hummingbird Press, and the Business Leadership Council.  More than 50 supporters across the country have also joined in the inaugural celebration.  For more information,  visit or call 773-547-0777.




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