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Cummer Museum of Artwork & Gardens opens new exhibit showcasing regional artists

For 30 decades, the Artwork Ventures fund, an initiative by the Local community Foundation, has specified additional than $1.4 million in grants to artists and art businesses around the Initially Coast area.

Art Ventures 30th anniversary celebration


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To rejoice the initiative’s 30th anniversary, the Cummer Museum of Artwork & Gardens will showcase 30 artists in a particular show.

“As we reflect on the peaceful power of the Artwork Ventures Fund to nurture our personal artists and small arts corporations around the previous 30 years, it’s crystal clear that this has been a extraordinary financial commitment,” reported Martha Frye Baker, chair of The Community Foundation Board of Trustees. “By increasing the selection of grants in this anniversary calendar year, we hope to attract notice to the importance of obtaining a lively arts local community and its function in building Northeast Florida a greater position for all its citizens.”

According to the museum, the 30 artists will each share a person piece of operate for the exhibit, 1 completed piece of work for each calendar year of grantmaking. 

The exhibition will coincide the with their celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which will involve cost-free admission as well as live tunes and showcasing community artists.

Among the artwork showcased in the new exhibit is Simone by Erin Kendrick. 


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Kendrick described the portray as: 

“In my paintings and installations, I look at modern spectatorship and the electricity of language as it relates to perceptions of and about Black females, by way of the lens of the oppositional gaze. The oppositional gaze, penned by writer bell hooks, “is a single which cultivates a electricity to glance, enabling Black female spectators to doc what they see and construct their very own dialogue with their own voice.” So generally the voices and views of Black women of all ages are dismissed, removed, or overlooked historically. My painting Simone is a rendering of a character in Screams Echo, a story about the trauma brought on by the heritage and prevalence of equally the physical and financial lynching of Black men composed by Bobbie O’Connor. This cross–generational story facilities the voices of the Black women—mothers, grandmothers, and daughters who continue to exist in the areas that these males when occupied. In each my human body of operate and O’Connor’s story, Black females provide as equally spectator and witness. These illustrations or photos and encounters honor Black women’s humanness as very well as their voice and encourages empathy by means of equally relationship and confrontation.”

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