Special to The Dallas Examiner
The Southwest Black Art Show will present original art by artists of African descent, April 6 through 8 at the African American Museum, located in Historic Fair Park at 3536 Grand Ave. SWBAS was founded by artist Frank Frazier, along with a group of art educators, collectors and curators from North Texas in 2010. Each year, artists compete for prizes.
This year’s show will have over 20 African American artists, including emerging artists Desmond Blair, and Nychelle Elise. Included as this years featured artists are, Fanta Celah, a world renowned artist, jazz vocalist, model and jewelry designer and Mark Crow a self-taught artist who works with several different mediums to create his one of a kind pieces using oil and acrylic paints on paper, canvas and wood.
This year’s theme, “We Are Who We Are,” links all artist together regardless of genre or mission without melting his or her independence. Organizers made a specific effort to embrace African American female artist – who are grossly underrepresented and have them as 50 percent of the artist exhibiting, increasing their visibility by 75 percent from previous years.
“The Southwest Black Art Show is a show that brings some of the brightest artists throughout the country to the Dallas area,” said Dr. Harry Robinson, Jr., President/CEO of the African American Museum, Dallas. “This gives the DFW community a chance to see some renowned artists such as Jonathan Romaine and Najee Dorsey, as well as have an opportunity to purchase some of their works. The show’s theme ‘We Are Who We Are’ allows us to think about how we can project our community into our art and how we see ourselves, how the world sees us and at the same time it makes a statement about art, and Black America today.”
SWBAS attempts to debunk some of the divisiveness of the current global consciousness regarding women and people of color.
“I’ve been a professional artist for over 40 years and I’ve been in Black art shows all over the world. There are a lot of male artists and very few female artists. It’s important that we make a change and get more women artists telling their stories,” said Frank Frazier, one of SWBAS founders. “These artists use their creativity as the foundation for communicating their purpose to society.”
The show is designed to be a destination point where collectors come to find quality Black art.
This show will also present a series of workshops for those interested in becoming collectors; presentations by tattoo artists, authors, educators, business owners, and leaders who offer broad viewpoints regarding art definition, the art industry, and the role of the creative class; and hands-on activities for families and children throughout the weekend.