Seeing the Unseen– a panel discussion moderated by Charles Peterson, is hosted by The Sculpture Center in partnership with Artists Archives of the Western Reserve and presented by the Cleveland Foundation. The program will take place on Saturday, November 2nd, 1:00 – 3:00pm in The Sculpture Center’s Main Gallery.
What factors inhibit African American artists from obtaining the same visibility as their white peers? What are some ways to collectively overcome these barriers? This vibrant panel discussion will be moderated by Charles Peterson, Associate Professor of Africana Studies at Oberlin College and address some of the educational, financial, and cultural obstacles that challenge African American artists as they seek recognition in the art world.
The panel will include emerging artist and social activist Kristi Copez and established artist Johnny Coleman. Copez, who works primarily in ceramics, is an artist-in-residence at the Artcraft Building and holds an A.A. in Peace Studies & Conflict Resolution, a B.A. in Studio Art, and is currently pursuing her Master’s in Theology & Pastoral Studies. Copez is a self-described “advocate-artist, blogger, chronic-illness-warrior, poetic-essayist, veteran and all-around Brazen woman!” Johnny Coleman, known for his interdisciplinary sculpture and immersive sound installations, is an associate professor of studio art and Africana studies at Oberlin College.
Dr. Sonya Harris-Haywood, Senior Associate Dean & Clinical Associate Professor of NEOMED, will also be on the panel, providing a unique perspective which connects factors that inhibit African Americans from advancing in the medical field, to those in the art world.
Seeing the Unseen is free however, registration is reccomended. For additional information on the panelists, program, and to register, please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/seeing-the-unseen-a-panel-discussion-moderated-by-charles-peterson-tickets-73608502011 or call 216.229.6527.
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1834 E. 123rd Street
Cleveland, OH 44106