Exhibition - Uprising

Wednesday, Nov 18, 2020 at 10:00am

Kennedy Heights Arts Center
6546 Montgomery Road
Cincinnati, OH 45213

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Protests this summer have lifted the voices of people seeking justice. Thousands of people have taken to the streets over the last weeks to protest systemic racism and police brutality. Many waved signs and posters, using artistic expression and the power of the printed word to rally the emotions of others to demand for racial equity. 

Throughout history, posters have been used as a powerful form of protest and symbol of discontent. Does the poster empower? Does it call others to arms? In its most successful form, the protest poster speaks the voice of an individual but captures the voice of the many.

A common form of political art – the protest poster – was the inspiration for UPRISING, an outdoor exhibition of printed works created by Black artists that explore themes of racial justice, presented by Kennedy Heights Arts Center in partnership with Art Beyond Boundaries, and curated by Jymi Bolden.

We invited 10 artists to create new works, in various media and styles, that are then photographed in high-resolution and printed in large format on outdoor adhesive vinyl and attached to panels. These panels are installed on the grounds of Kennedy Heights Arts Center. The exhibition can be viewed as a drive-through experience, utilizing the circular driveway that wraps around the building, or guests can park and explore the exhibit on foot.

The goal of this exhibition is to provide a platform for Black artists’ voices. In UPRISING, artists use the power of art to illuminate and tackle issues of racial justice, and boldly advocate for change.

In addition, poster prints and postcards of the images will be available for sale, with net proceeds split between the artist (50%) and the Ohio Justice and Policy Center (50%).

Exhibited Artists: Cherie Garces, Melvin Grier, Terence Hammonds, Gee Horton, Hannah “Jonesy” Jones, Jimi Jones, Cynthia Lockhart, Ricci Michaels, Thom Shaw, Gilbert Young

Location: Outdoor grounds of KHAC

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