The MANIFESTING BELOVED COMMUNITY GALLERY 2023
Art Against Racism, in partnership with the West Windsor Arts Council, located in West Windsor, New Jersey, invited artists to visualize what it means to create or live in a nation or world designed around social and economic justice beyond the ills of structural racism. Inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “Beloved Community” represents a global vision where all people share in the wealth of a healed planet. We asked that artists explore one or more themes in their work that relate to: economic justice, healthcare, housing, employment, the environment, and cultural expression.
Darryl Dwayne Walker, Coordinator of Community Engagement at The Newark Museum of Art and a graduate of HBCU Norfolk State University, was the juror for this exhibition. Regarding the selections, Walker stated “In making the selections for this exhibition I was reminded that art should make you feel something. Those feelings likely fall on a spectrum, which may be defined as positive or negative, happy or sad, at times conflicting, and in some cases maybe just indifferent. It’s through those feelings that art should inspire a dialogue for the viewers to explore with one another and with self.” Read more about the art and artists here.
Exhibiting Artists: Zakia Aziz Ahmed, Kathleen Caprario, 7ove Child, Ilene Dube, Janice Gossman, Jamie Greenfield, Nancie Gunkelman, Spriha Gupta, Marzena Haupa, Bugzdale, Eleni Litt, James Long, Terri McNichol, Marge Miccio, Kate Pollack, Felicia L. Reed, Rooma Sehar, Jersey House Studio, Alice Sims-Gunzenhauser, Onnie Strother, Hope VanCleaf, and Barbara Wallace.