What’s Inside Her Never Dies

BY KARLA FERGUSON December 1, 2015 – February 28, 2016 RECEPTION: Saturday, December 5, 10pm YEELEN GALLERY Art Basel Miami 294 NW 54th St Miami, FL 33127 Being a black woman is a journey oftentimes taxed with a history of ruined and objectified bodies that recall and carry on complex legacies of suffering and struggle. Through painting, drawing, photography, and sculpture, What’s Inside Her Never Dies… A Black Women’s Legacy presents the dignity, distress, and character of these heroes who affect us generation after generation. This group exhibition features 23 artists: Ayo Akinwande, Christine Neptune, Debra Balchen, Erica Elan Ciganek, Hattie Mae William and Loni Johnson, James Clover, Jerome Soimaud, …

After Image

SOLO EXHIBITION October 16, 2015 – January 2, 2016 RECEPTION: Friday, October 16, 5pm – 9pm GREYMATTER GALLERY Marshall Building 207 E Buffalo St, Suite 222 Milwaukee, WI 53202 Thinking through the implications of various perceptions of black masculinity in art and media – from minstrel coon imagery and hip-hop as a global brand to the deaths of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, and Tamir Rice – After Image considers the pictorial, technical, and narrative conventions of Western art, inserting black and brown male bodies into that tradition to disturb existing conventions and provide a platform from which to dialogue about ideas of legacy, agency, and embedded …

Contact Joins JPMorgan Chase Collection

This fall, Contact joins the JPMorgan Chase Art Collection. The Collection began in 1959 when David Rockefeller established the firm’s art program and took the lead in the field of corporate art collecting. Today it’s one of the oldest and largest corporate art collections in the world, focusing on modern and contemporary painting, sculpture, works on paper, and photography. Many thanks to Director and Chief Curator Lisa Erf! It’s a great pleasure to join such a storied collection.

Tenure at UIUC

I’m very humbled, honored, and inspired to have received the rank of Associate Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign​. Thank you to my wife Jess​, and friends and colleagues, near and far, for all your support. The biggest thanks to my mom and late dad, Carolyn and Ervin “Earl” Jr.; this achievement is dedicated to you. As we usher the class of 2015 toward their future, I’m also full of excitement for the many new personal and professional experiences ahead!  

The Artist’s Gaze: Seeing Women in the 21st Century

BY VICTORIA SELBACH February 21 – March 22, 2014 RECEPTION: Saturday, February 21, 6pm – 9pm SIRONA FINE ART 600 Silks Run, #1240 Hallandale Beach, FL 33009 The Artists Gaze: Seeing Women in the 21st Century brings together contemporary artists who through their unique gaze capture in their work the reality and complexity of the women they choose to see. The entire survey is published in the February 2015 issue of PoetsArtists magazine. PoetsArtists #61 The Artist’s Gaze: Seeing Women in the 21st Century is available for digital download and in print with a preview of the full issue on line now. The Artist’s Gaze features 70 works by over 40 artists including: Aleah Chapin, Alison Lambert, Alyssa …

Painting is Dead?!

BY REHEMA BARBER February 6 – March 28, 2015 RECEPTION: Friday, February 6, 5pm – 8pm PUBLIC GALLERY TALK: Saturday, February 21, 2pm –3pm FIGURE ONE GALLERY 116 N. Walnut Champaign, IL 61820 Painting Is Dead?! is an exhibition that examines contemporary notions of painting. The premise and title of this exhibition is both a critique and question. Using the works of currently practicing artists as a lens, Painting Is Dead?! seeks to challenge historical—and even contemporary—understandings of painting as a medium and a practice. This exhibition demonstrates the ongoing innovations occurring in the field of painting, while also displaying works that expand the conceptual ideals associated with its processes. The …

Dialogist Interview

Interview with Patrick Earl Hammie, by Jennifer Palmer Published: Vol. I, Issue III Date of Interview: Dec. 8th, 2014 You received a B.A. in Drawing and Psychology from Coker College. How did your education play a role in your development? Do you feel your Psychology background plays a role in your process? Having the opportunity to learn at a liberal arts institution was invaluable. I took courses across the college that exposed me to many new ideas and practices, and psychology was one of them. Through those psychology courses I learned to question why we behave, and ask deeper ones about the …

Hands Up Don’t Shoot

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS Hands Up Don’t Shoot, a new multimedia project with Winter Tangerine Review, will explore what it means to be black in America. The concept for the feature stemmed from the realization that unchecked police brutality and institutionalized racism in America allows for the unjust murder of black citizens, defying the claim that this country is “post-racial”. The injustice of Michael Brown’s death, along with the deaths of hundreds of other black children who were killed for the color of their skin, has been tragically normalized in our society. However, the riots and protests taking place all over the …

Yeelen Gallery Continues to Offer Thought-provoking Art

BY SHERYL ESTRADA, HUFFPOST ARTS & CULTURE Karla Ferguson, owner/director of Yeelen Gallery (photo provided)  The constructs of law and the concept of art formed a connection for attorney Karla Ferguson resulting in the Yeelen Gallery. I asked Ferguson, owner and director of the gallery, after almost a year in its location, what she wanted people to know. “I’d like people to know that we’re here, and that we’re doing work that has a social message,” she shared with me during my visit to her artistic realm located at 294 N.W. 54th St., Miami in the area known as Little Haiti. …