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12th annual Artists of Color Exhibition on view at Niagara Arts & Cultural Center


Mon, Feb 6th 2023 07:00 am

The Niagara Arts & Cultural Center has announced the 12th annual Artists of Color Exhibition. This exhibit is curated by Ray Robertson, co-director of galleries.

A press release stated, “For 2023, the NACC is proud to be partnering with the Black Pioneers of Niagara Falls to highlight the legacy and contributions of Black individuals to the Niagara Frontier.”

An opening reception is set for 6-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10.

The press release added, “This exhibit is envisioned as a representation of the African American experience from a contemporary and personal perspective, and celebrates the work by African American artists in Western New York within the visual arts. In partnering with the Black Pioneers of Niagara Falls this exhibition aims to pair historical photographs of Black individuals from the 1920s alongside artwork from the 2020s. Through this interaction, the curator hopes to illuminate the creative and social contributions of Black individuals within the context of the Niagara Frontier.”

The 12th annual Artists of Color Exhibition is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Gov. Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.

Visitors to this exhibit will also receive free admission to the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center’s ”Freedom Crossing” Underground Railroad exhibit.

Gallery hours for the Townsend Gallery, Kudela Garden Gallery, and permanent exhibits within the building are from noon to 5 p.m. daily, excluding holidays. Guided tours are available by calling 716-282-7530, and must be booked no less than two weeks in advance.

About the Niagara Arts & Cultural Center

As the largest multiarts center in upstate New York, the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center (NACC) hosts a diverse group of 98 artists and makers, two public art galleries, three theaters, three local history exhibits, a radio station, a certified sound stage and movie production facility, the Niagara Falls High School alumni center, as well as the Starry Night Café & Gift Shop. 

The NACC is located at 1201 Pine Ave., in the City of Niagara Falls. Visit www.thenacc.org.

About the Black Pioneers of Niagara Falls

The Black Pioneers of Niagara Falls (BPNF) is an organization dedicated to sustaining and promoting the legacy of the first African American families of the Niagara Frontier. Those included in this organization have excelled as entrepreneurs, social historians, artists, and many other disciplines, highlighting the diversity of this community within Niagara Falls. Today, the BPNF celebrates the legacy of families dating as far as the 1800s, while making visible the contributions of these individuals to the public today. 

BPNF is proud to partner with the NACC for the 12th annual Artists of Color Exhibition as a means of continuing the conversation around the living legacy of Niagara Falls’ African American communities.

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