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8th Southwest Black Art Show will be held June 23rd -25th
at the African American Museum, Dallas
The Southwest Black Fine Art Show will attract nationally known artists, collectors, educators
and curators to the Southwest region
Dallas, TX-April 26, 2017—The Southwest Black Art Show was created to present an exemplary experience for artists, collectors, educators, fine art professionals, and admirers of black art. The SWBAS is committed to the exclusive presentation of original art produced by artists of African-American and African descent. Our goal is to make the Southwest Black Art Show an annual destination point where collectors come to view and purchase quality black art. The show will be held June 23rd -25th at the African American Museum, Dallas.
This year we are pleased to announce two featured artists. James Brown is a 90 year old internationally-known artist. Mr. Brown is a talented painter, graphic artist and illustrator. Most of his work portrays the lives of people in North Africa, South America, Africa and the Caribbean. Mr. Brown has exhibited in shows with other renowned artists such as Romare Bearden, Andy Warhol, Jacob Lawrence, Janet Fish, Elizabeth Catlett and many more.
Also featured is the internationally-known artist Leroy Campbell who lives in New York. Campbell who is originally from South Carolina is known for seamlessly inter-mixing the unlikely themes of Gullah – Geechee cultures, post Renaissance vibes of Harlem and Brooklyn, and the 1980s African cultural resurgence. Both Brown and Campbell were chosen for their universal views of honoring traditions while fusing them with the current political and social climate.
Additionally local Dallas area artists: Mark Crow, Tyra Goodley, Don O’Bannon, Evita Tenezo, and Paul Harris will be joined by more than a dozen artists from the Southwest. Over twenty-five artists are expected to attend this year’s show.
This show will host a series of workshops for those interested in becoming collectors, but may not know exactly what to look for when viewing a work of art. The Show will feature presentations by seasoned authors that will discuss topics focused on urban and traditional art forms. In addition, there will be hands-on activities for families and children throughout the weekend.
The SWBAS was founded by artist, Frank Frazier, a group of art educators, collectors and curators from North Texas in 2010. Annual attendance is more than 2,000 visitors. Members of the Honorary Steering Committee are Fort Worth Attorney Renee’ Higginbotham-Brooks; Dr. M. Keith Rawlings, MD; Margie Johnson Reese, Executive Director, Big Thought; well-known collector, Curtis Ransom; Phillip Collins; collectors, James and Marie Gwyn; AT&T Executive; Debra Peoples and SWBFAS Founder Frank Frazier.
For more than 35 years, the African American Museum has stood as a cultural beacon in Dallas and the Southwestern United States. Started in 1974 as a part of the Bishop College Special Collection, the Museum has operated independently since 1979. The Museum was founded in 1974 as a part of Bishop College and came to life under the vision of Dr. Harry Robinson, Jr., Founding President/CEO.
Artwork by Frank Frazier