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About Shani Richards
Shani Richards was born and raised in Akron, Ohio. She attended Myers School of Art at The University of Akron where she was awarded the April Posey scholarship, an award given to promising young woman metalsmithing in 2004. She graduated with BFA in metalsmithing at the University of Akron in 2006. Richards was a featured artist in The Sculpture Center’s 2021 Augmented Reality exhibition, Crossroads: Still We Rise.
About David Hart
David C. Hart, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Art History in the Liberal Arts department at the Cleveland Institute of Art where he has taught since 2003. He received Master’s and Doctorate degrees in art history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research focuses on the art of the Black Atlantic and modern and contemporary art including contemporary Cuban art. The memory works of multimedia artist María Magdalena Campos-Pons, the paintings of Alma W. Thomas, and the work of gallerist Harold R. Hart are the basis of current research for forthcoming publications. He has curated and authored catalogue essays for exhibitions including Inside/Outside: Contemporary Cuban Art and The Art of Exchange: Contemporary Cuban Art in Cleveland among others. David is the author of articles on the intersection of art and identity in several encyclopedias including the Encyclopedia of Race and Racism.