Jan. 13-Feb. 14, 2017
(Closed Jan.16 in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day)
featuring the work of Brian Campbell, Angel Clark, Willis “Bing” Davis, Natasha Giles, Jared Owens, Kelly Phelps, Kyle Phelps, Bobby Scroggins, Bianca Spriggs, Kiptoo Tarus, Frank X Walker, Valeria Watson, and Lavon Van Williams
Black Bone is an exhibition of visual artists and poets sharing how those connected to Affrilachia tell the story of the United States through visual and written culture. Titled after the Affrilachian Poet’s first literary anthology released in January, this month-long exhibition showcases artists and poets from states touched by the Appalachians—notably Kentucky, South Carolina, North Carolina and Ohio. The term "Affrilachia" was originally coined by Frank X Walker and is, according to the Affrilachian Poets website, “an ever-evolving cultural landscape poised to render the invisible visible. Affrilachia embraces a multicultural influence, a spectrum of people who consider Appalachia home and/or identify strongly with the trials and triumphs of being of this region.”
Receptions and Events
All events occur in the Morlan Gallery unless noted otherwise and are free and open to the public.
Public Reading | The Affrilachian Poets present selected reading from Black Bone, Thursday, January 19, 6 p.m. Carrick Theater, Mitchell Fine Arts Center. Book release party to follow; cash and checks only.
Opening Reception for the Artists | Thursday, January 19, 7:30 -9 p.m.
Lexington Gallery Hop | Friday, January 20, 5-8 p.m.
Tuesday Art Talk with Kiptoo Tarus | Tuesday, January 24, 12:30-1:15 p.m.
Tuesday Art Talk with Natasha Giles | Tuesday, January 31, 12:30-1:15 p.m.
Poets in attendance for the reading are Makalani Bandele, Gerald Coleman, Ricardo Nazario Colon, Mitchell L H Douglas, Kelly Norman Ellis, Asha French, Crystal Goodwoman, Dorian Hairston, Jeremy Paden, Danni Quintos, Bianca Spriggs, Frank X Walker and Keith Wilson.