BAIA Talks :
Five Arts Professionals Offer Perspective on Official Obama Portraits
We are back for another installment of BAIA Talks – Listen as Najee Dorsey conducts 5 separate interviews with five Arts Professionals — Leatrice Ellzy , Tina Dunkley, Kelli Morgan, Danny Simmons & Sonie Ruffin as they offer their perspectives on the Official Obama Portraits by Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald.
Leatrice Ellzy-Wright, Executive Director Hammonds House Museum, a cultural curator, producer, thinker and fan of disruption is the founder and CEO of Beatrix Moss. She has a penchant for pushing the envelope to engage new responses to old questions and solutions to old problems. Her unique skill set has been developed over 27-years of migrating through non-profit management and development, broadcast, media relations, arts presenting and technology. She has held key management positions with organizations such as Girl Scouts of the USA, YWCA, Georgia Public Broadcasting and Fulton Government Television.
Sonié Ruffin, artist and former visiting curator for the American Jazz Museum. Ruffin a self-taught fabric artist and story teller, has carved out a niche for herself in the Kansas City, MO arts community. Sonie has lectured and led workshops on her work at the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery, the Kansas City Museum of Art, the University of Missouri-Kansas City African-American Culture House, and Lincoln University. She has exhibited her work at the Leedy-Volkus Art Center, the American Jazz Museum, Portfolio Gallery and International Quilt Festival 2006.