Converse Explores Black Excellence in Art

Locally and nationally renowned black artists use their craft as a transformative language of storytelling at the Crawford Campus Center Gallery exhibition, Converse: Black Excellence, Pride and Communication in Art.

On display through March 4, Converse's visual art, text, video, and performance invites observers to discuss and celebrate diversity, culture and identity during Black History Month.

Exhibiting artists include Derrick Adams, Barbara Bullock, Donald Camp, Taj Cannon '14, James Dupree, Jeffrey Harris, Celestine Wilson Hughes, Nile Livingston, Tim MacFarlane, Najah Majors '13, Ibven Taqiy and Andre Woolery.

"Every piece in Converse can be appreciated on its own and also as a part of a group conversation, as the title Converse suggests," explains Gallery Coordinator Susan Coote. "The artists' wide range of age, experience, history and personality is reflected through their work and makes for a rich conversation between art, artists, students and community."

Parents and friends are welcome to attend the following events in the Gallery:

Gallery Opening: Artists' Jazz Reception on Wednesday, February 10, from 12 – 1:30 p.m.

Jazz Brunch: Saturday, Feb. 27, 11 a.m.: Upper School Jazz Ensemble with guests and alumni in the Main Stage Theatre

Lunchtime Receptions: Casual gatherings that feature music and performance from 12:45 – 1:30 p.m. These events will be live streamed:

  • Feb. 8: Performance: Poetry and Spoken Word
  • Feb. 9: Gospel with The EA Choir
  • Feb. 16: Motown with EA Singers
  • Feb.24: Upper School Chamber Ensemble: Goin' Home, The New World Symphony, Antonin Dvorak and William Arms Fisher
  • March 2: Jazz with the Upper School Jazz Ensemble

Additionally, the Crawford Campus Center Gallery is open to visitors during its regular hours, school days from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Converse: Black Excellence, Pride and Communication in Art was coordinated by The Episcopal Academy Black Student Union and Curatorial Team. To learn more, visit the curatorial team's blog.

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