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24th Annual “Art of the African Diaspora” Exhibition Talk & Reception | Richmond

Art of the African Diaspora is the longest running event of its kind in the Bay Area. This year it brings together over 150 artists of African descent, showcasing their work at the Richmond Art Center, as well as in open studios and satellite exhibitions at thirty different venues across ten Bay Area cities.

This year the Steering Committee of artists that continues to produce the event announced its new name: Art of the African Diaspora. The Steering Committee remain dedicated to the vision of Hart-Schuyers and Hayward, but feel the time has come for the event to have a name that will allow it the autonomy to grow and reflect a new era.

The 23rd Annual Art of Living Black is organized by TAOLB Steering Committee in partnership with the Richmond Art Center. The Art Of Living Black Steering Committee is a dedicated group of established Bay Area artists touched by the vision of Jan Hart-Shuyers and Rae Louise Hayward. The group’s mission is to preserve and expand the vision of their beloved founders by supporting emerging, mid-career and established artists of African descent.

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  • Exhibition at the Richmond Art Center: January 14 – March 13, 2020
  • Open Studios: Saturday, February 29 and Sunday, March 1; Saturday, March 7 and Sunday, March 8; and Saturday, March 14 and Sunday, March 15, 2020
  • Satellite Exhibitions: Throughout January, February and March. Details to be published in the Open Studios Guide (available Jan 2020)
  • Artistic Achievement Awardees’ Talk: Saturday, January 25, 12:30 pm-2 pm More Info
  • Reception: Saturday, January 25, 2 pm-5 pm More Info
    Revelation & Rebirth – The History & Practice of Collecting African-American Art: Saturday, February 1, 12:30-2pm
  • Closing Party: Friday, March 13, 3 pm-5 pm

This exhibition was founded as The Art of Living Black in 1997 by artists Jan Hart-Schuyers and Rae Louise Hayward after their realization that Black artists were not being represented by galleries in any significant way. Hart-Schuyers and Hayward developed The Art of Living Black to present the work of emerging and established African-American artists, introduce them to new audiences, and build a creative community of artists and art lovers. Tragically Hart-Schuyers passed away in 1998 and Hayward died in 2008.

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