Jourdan Barnes

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Jourdan Barnes

I am an artistic conduit, using life as a muse for my work and the resources available to me to tell my story. Photography is my medium of choice, but I often incorporate other mediums into my work. My work reflects issues that are important to me, internalized racism and identity within the Black (African American) community and internalized homophobia within the Black queer community. My work is provocative and engaging, creating experiences that go beyond the frame. I am very strategic with order and presentation of my work to evoke emotion and provide proper context for my audience.

 

Kara Crowley

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Kara Crowley

Kara’s goal as an artist is to embrace black culture through social issues and positive representation through my own artistic interpretations. Her time with YAYA (Young Aspirations/Young Artists) as a teen and studying at Xavier University of Louisiana molded her into the artist she is today. YAYA’s mentorship program inspired her to become an arts educator as well and she’s also currently teaching Visual Art at St. Katharine Drexel Prep, which is an historically black school for girls in 8-12 grade.

 

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Quinton Hakeem Gilmore

I am a story telling artist that uses my work to heal those who encounter daily struggles and need to seek clarity or patch their personal problems. I do that by using my character “Patches” in different dimensions with mixed media and he is put in different scenarios to show that there is strength in all situations. Though the concept of my art is based on extreme passion and emotions, my messages are delicately embedded in my pieces.

I believe everyone is an artist and just needs a little jump start to get it going.

 

 
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Paul Michael Wright

As an artist what keeps me going back to the studio is to produce works that project positive black narratives in art. Without a doubt I feel that artist play a crucial role in a wide range of social movements. The best way someone has responded to my work was being intrigued with the meaning behind each portrait that reveals an in-depth story of African American backgrounds. I work predominantly in acrylic and oil pastel that adds a unique texture to each piece. In my pursuit for creative black-expression, I have concentrated on experimenting with different mediums and techniques. I like to challenge myself, especially from the initial concept to eventual execution of the piece. I understand the process of painting. Even though I aim to create pieces that are aesthetically pleasing, the logic behind the possibilities and limits of the act of constructing is the reason I continue to go back to the studio and develop new ideas.




 
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Paul Michael Wright

As an artist what keeps me going back to the studio is to produce works that project positive black narratives in art. Without a doubt that I feel that artist play a crucial role in a wide range of social movements. The best way someone has responded to my work was being intrigued with the meaning behind each portrait which reveals an in-depth story of African American backgrounds. I work predominantly in acrylic and oil pastel which adds a unique texture to each piece. In my pursuit for creative black-expression, I have concentrated on experimenting with different mediums and techniques. I like the challenge myself, especially from the initial concept to eventual execution of the piece. I understand the process of painting. Even though I aim to create pieces that are aesthetically pleasing, the logic behind the possibilities and limits of the act of constructing is the reason I continue to go back to the studio and develop new