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Opening Reception for Art of the African Diaspora // Richmond Art Center

January 21, 2023

NIAD Artists Participate in the 2023 Art of the African Diaspora at Richmond Art Center

Art of the African Diaspora is the longest running event of its kind in the Bay Area. This year it brings together over 150 artists of African descent, showcasing their work at the Richmond Art Center, as well as in open studios and satellite exhibitions at thirty different venues across ten Bay Area cities.

This exhibition was founded as The Art of Living Black in 1997 by artists Jan Hart-Schuyers and Rae Louise Hayward after their realization that Black artists were not being represented by galleries in any significant way. Hart-Schuyers and Hayward developed The Art of Living Black to present the work of emerging and established African-American artists, introduce them to new audiences, and build a creative community of artists and art lovers. Tragically Hart-Schuyers passed away in 1998 and Hayward died in 2008.

This year the Steering Committee of artists that continues to produce the event announced its new name: Art of the African Diaspora. The Steering Committee remain dedicated to the vision of Hart-Schuyers and Hayward, but feel the time has come for the event to have a name that will allow it the autonomy to grow and reflect a new era.

Participating Artists 

Deatra Colbert, Evelyn Davis, Felicia Griffin, Raven Harper, Halisi Noel- Johnson, Shawna Kinard, Jason Powell- Smith, Dorian Reid, Shawn Sanders, Christian Vassell

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