IU Northwest gallery features Black Creativity exhibit though March 22, 2019

By: Indiana University Northwest Last Updated: March 4, 2019

rot1The Indiana University Northwest campus and the greater Northwest Indiana community are invited to view a multidisciplinary group exhibition celebrating contemporary African American artists in the Gallery for Contemporary Art, located in the Savannah Center. The exhibit runs through March 22.

“Black Creativity: Artists, Aesthetics and Movements,” explores the work of artists who have delved into themes that touch upon both the historical and contemporary in their respective practices. The exhibit, curated for Black History Month, highlights those who use their creative agency to uplift communities in Chicago and Gary.

“This exhibition celebrates the creative process from visual voices who present views on relevancy, social justice, the built environment, intersectionality and identity, use of materials, urban life, and gender,” said Lauren Pacheco, director of arts programming and engagement. “The objective of this exhibition is to present a contemporary perspective of African-American artists and makers working with diverse mediums. ‘Black Creativity’ offers a strong collection of established and emerging talent working and living in Chicago and Northwest Indiana.”

The list of artists includes several who hail from Gary, including Marianeta Hicks Porterfield, Tyrell Anderson, Andrea Ledbetter, and Parris Gill, Sr.

Other featured artists include: Norman Teague, Fo Wilson, ZEB, Ken Ellis, Hebru, Ray Noland, Arrington Porter, Armani Howard, DredSke, Jamiah Calvin, Ricky Willis, Wesley, Nick Fury, David Anthony Geary, Max Sansing, Don Cherry, and A’Keem Muhammad.

While supporting living emergent and established artistic perspectives, “Black Creativity” also showcases creative contributions by the late singer-songwriter and visual artist Wesley Willis (1963-2003).

The IU Northwest Gallery for Contemporary Art is open to the public from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The gallery is located in the Savannah Center neighboring the IU Northwest Book Store. For information about parking policies at IU Northwest, visit http://www.iun.edu/parking/visitors-and-guests/index.htm

For more information, contact Lauren Pacheco at 219-981-5627 or lpachec@iun.edu.