Though I have lived in and around Flower Mound, TX for most of my childhood, I rarely visited THE Flower Mound. Last weekend, I decided to take a walk on the mound and take in a bit of the town’s history. The Flower Mound Foundation preserves and protects this wonderful patch of natural beauty.
I flew back to Dallas after two months as an artist-in-residence at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort via the Dallas Love Field Airport and took in their current exhibition.
A Legacy in Photography: Sepia Exhibition, The Music Collection
From the Dallas Love Field Airport Website:
To coincide with Black History Month, Love Field has partnered with The African American Museum of Dallas to showcase the Sepia Magazine photography collection. Curated by Jiles King II and Jabari Jones, photographs were selected to highlight the iconic musicians that were submitted to the Sepia magazine.
Horace J. Blackwell, a black entrepreneur, set out to create a publication company that produced a true confessions tabloid magazine for African Americans. His first endeavor was The World’s Messenger in 1942 and was one of only two publications distributed regionally for African Americans. Blackwell’s success with The World’s Messenger, led to his 1946 production of Negro Achievements. In 1951, George Levitan purchased Negro Achievements and changed the name of the magazine to Sepia. The publication focused primarily on various aspects of African American culture, including religion, civil rights, education, entertainment, and politics.
Sepia had a circulation of approximately 160,000 in 1982, which was its final year of publication. Beatrice Pringle one of the first African American women publishers was its last publisher and left the magazine 1981. The Sepia Photographic Archive is one of the most valuable resources of African American achievement in the world, and is an immense catalogue of American culture and history. The archive contains over 10,000 photographs, and is one of the most important collections of historical photography ever amassed.
The African American Museum of Dallas is in one of the most diverse, creative, and exciting urban centers in the world, the eclectic areas inside Fair Park of South Dallas. At the African American Museum of Fair Park, you can explore an extensive and comprehensive permanent collection that ranges from inspiring Folk Art to centuries-old masterpieces and including African art, black renaissance paintings, decorative arts, period rooms, and contemporary art. You’ll also experience intelligent, cutting-edge exhibitions and programs that reflect a fresh view. For more information please visit them at: http://www.aamdallas.org
My artistic career started in the library. I have held academic residencies in research libraries, artist residencies in children’s libraries, and worked in fine arts libraries. As an artist-in-residence in rural Southwestern Pennsylvania, I wanted to visit the local library and see the town’s history. I also wanted to donate an original illustration to the library to create a lasting relationship with the area. Of course, the library was bustling with visitors and children during my visit! I met the wonderful librarians and was given a grand tour by the library’s manager. Their art collection is stunning and full of local history along with internationally known artists. The library manager also took me to the headquarters of the Uniontown Art Club and I saw their newest display of art and craft. I even bought a hand-thrown ceramic cup for my mother made by the Club’s president!
After my time at the CASETA conference in Austin, I began the journey to Farmington, Pennsylvania for my artist residency at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort. The layover in Seattle on the way to Pennsylvania from Austin was worthwhile, even if it seemed far out of the way. In the airport, I ran into prima ballerina Ingrid Silva of Dance Theater of Harlem, NYC! It was such an honor to shake her hand. Once in Seattle, I explored the city starting with the Seattle Museum of Art. I saw this painting of a dancer by Lynette Yiadom-Boakye and it reminded me of Ingrid. Lynette paints human figures from imagination, often times in a single day.