3/17/2022 12:00:00 AM
CINCINNATI— The new Paloozaniore exhibition Black & Brown Faces: Paying Homage To, which opens at the Cincinnati Art Museum on March 25, recognizes 15 Cincinnati leaders of color, with portrait interpretations created by 15 Midwestern artists of color. Rico Grant and Ray Ball, co-founders of Paloozanoire announced the names of the artists and honorees today.
Artists include: Javarri Lewis, Blake Lenoir, Keenan Litman, Kandice Odister, Frank Young, Nytaya Babbitt, Torri Shaaron, Francesca Miller, Christian Drye, Kevin Nance-West, Natalie Orr, Magnus Juliano, Rashad Orlando, Wyze, Crystal Miller.
Honorees include: Damon Jones, Karla Boldry, Gee Horton, Dora Anim, Roula Allouch, Jasmine Coaston, Adrienne Wiley, Lydia Morgan, Alandes Powell, Tyran Stallings, Tyra Patternson, Lynn Watts, Black Owned founders Annie Timmons, Barry Larkin.
“We have the chance to celebrate both the artists and the community changemakers in this exhibition,” said Ball. “It’s exciting to honor these individuals of color who are driving change in their Cincinnati communities, disrupting the norm, and lifting others through their work.”
Black & Brown Faces: Paying Homage To was built on the structure of the inaugural 2020 show, which commissioned 10 Black artists who depicted the emotional extremes of 2020, with the goal of facilitating a process of community healing from the upheaval of the year using art and connection as a catalyst.
The exhibition opens to the public with a celebration during the museum’s Art After Dark event on Friday, March 25, with music and performances from the local arts community from 5–9 p.m. It is free to attend, and open to the public during regular museum hours through June 19 in the Schiff Gallery on the museum’s second floor.
Black & Brown Faces is supported by our business and philanthropic community, with sponsors and partners including ArtsWave, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Frost Brown Todd, First Financial Bank, Greater Cincinnati Foundation, JP Morgan Chase, Kroger, Ohio National Financial Services, Paycor, Procter & Gamble, St. Elizabeth Healthcare, The E.W. Scripps Company, and Ulmer & Berne LLP.
Paloozanoire was founded in 2019 to focus on enriching the lives of people of color throughout the Midwest in the areas of corporate leadership, entrepreneurship, and creativity. Quickly gaining the support of the community Paloozanoire has now produced events and activations catering to more than 20,000 attendees. The group’s two main attractions are the Black & Brown Faces Art Exhibition and Juneteenth Block Party Experience, both housed in Cincinnati, OH. www.paloozanoire.com
About the Cincinnati Art Museum
The Cincinnati Art Museum is supported by the generosity of individuals and businesses that give annually to ArtsWave. The Ohio Arts Council helps fund the Cincinnati Art Museum with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. The Cincinnati Art Museum gratefully acknowledges operating support from the City of Cincinnati, as well as our members. Free general admission to the Cincinnati Art Museum is made possible by a gift from The Rosenthal Family Foundation. Special exhibition pricing may vary. Parking at the Cincinnati Art Museum is free. Visit cincinnatiartmuseum.org for more information.
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