Bush Library Celebrates Black History Month with Special Art Exhibit, Feb 8-21
To recognize the outstanding contributions to our community by local African American artists, the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum and the Multicultural Arts Alliance present the 4th Annual Art Past and Present: From a Black Artist’s Perspective, a special art exhibit opening on February 8, 2019.
Running through February 21, the 4th Annual Art Past & Present: From a Black Artist’s Perspective features the works of several acclaimed local artists including Barry King and Riley Holloway. In addition, two exceptional art students from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Aisha Mpiana and Zen White, will have pieces on display.
The art included in this exhibit employs a range of media and addresses a variety of different subjects, perspectives, and concepts as related to the artists' personal narratives and experiences. Drawing upon themes from nature, history, the environment, and personal reflections, the works demonstrate how artists from different generations and worldviews express themselves through their art.
Black History Month, or National African American History Month, is an annual celebration of achievements made by African Americans and a time for recognizing the central role they have played in U.S. history. Every American president since President Gerald Ford in 1976, has issued an annual proclamation to celebrate February as Black History Month.
“Throughout African American History Month, we remember how individuals, African American leaders of all kinds helped bring our nation together. We recognize our nation still has a long way to go. But in the example of the leaders like those we honor today, we see strength greater than any division. And we see hope for a day when freedom rings from every mountainside, and every corner of the country,” said President George W. Bush on February 12, 2008.
Admission is free to this special exhibit and all community members are invited to stop by.