Oct 2nd 2022

Black Fine Art Month Kicks off at David L. Pierce Art & History Center in Aurora October 2nd Black Fine Art Month 2022 will kick off with a signature Pigment International Salon Talk and Brunch in partnership with the Aurora Public Art Commission, Aurora Downtown and the Cotton Seed Creative Exchange on Sunday, October 2 at the David L. Pierce Art & History Center. The brunch event will feature Aurora-based artist DADASOULFACE (Bryan Danial Joseph), artist Jade Williams and Yvonne Michelle Toney, owner of the Cotton Seed Creative Exchange. There will be a performance by former figure skater Ron Allen. Following the brunch there will be a live painting event at Cotton Seed Creative featuring artist Isabella Alexia Toney.

This year BFAM will explore the continuing global influence Chicago creatives are exerting through our theme Black Fine Art – The Gilded Age. Chicago native
Simone Leigh was the first Black woman artist to represent the U.S. during the 59th Edition of the Venice Biennale de Arte, the world’s premier art event. And hers is just one of the hundreds of stories about Chicago area creatives – past and present – influencing the global art landscape. Bryan Danial Joseph (DADASOULFACE) slices and cuts up vintage books and magazines with sharp utensils to create his mixed media collage art. His work is a form of automatism that walks in between the conscious and subconscious creating his unique visual poetry on paper and canvas. His work was recently featured at 2022 David L. Pierce Gallery: Aurora Public Art, REmix Group Collage Show 2022 and at the Joliet Area Historical Museum, Black Experience Thru Art Show.

Williams is part of the Anchor Curatorial Residence @ Austin Town Hall, Finding Ceremony that opens on Friday, September 16, at 5610 W. Lake Street Friday from 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm. Her works will be featured at the
O’Connor Art Gallery on the campus of Dominican University beginning September 28.

Black Fine Art Month (BFAM)® Held each October is a global celebration of the Black fine art aesthetic, an annual recognition of artists, innovators, collectors, curators and those vested in the Black Art tradition, and an opportunity to commemorate and elevate these contributions through programming that highlights our constituents – artists, art collectors, curators, gallerists, educators and others. BFAM is an initiative of
Pigment International®

BFAM was founded in 2019 and has been entered into the Congressional Record by Congresswoman Robin Kelly.

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