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Black Artists of Spartanburg Exhibition (2020)

The Black Artists of Spartanburg Exhibition was held in September 2020 

Missed out on the exhibition? View the Virtual Gallery or catch the re-cap of the artists' panel discussion below.

Black Artists of Spartanburg Exhibition

Chapman Cultural Center was excited to announce its first-ever juried art show, the Black Artists of Spartanburg Exhibition. After conversations with our community, the Black Artists of Spartanburg Exhibition was formed as a way to amplify the voices of Spartanburg’s Black artists in response to the racial injustices that take place across the nation. The multi-media exhibition featured 17 artists from across Spartanburg County and was on display through September 30th of 2020.

The event featured a celebration on September 17th, 2020 during Spartanburg Artwalk which included a virtual panel discussion with some of the participating artists. 

The artists featured in the exhibition were:

Antonio Modesto Milian
Arialle Kennedy Smith
Ariel Moore
Chris Kelly 
Frankie Zombie
James Goff
Josh Jackson
Kayla Cromer
Lady Pluuto
Moses "Galaxy" Jenkins
Mylows Customs
Patricia Kabore
Quinn Long
Rosetta Nesbitt
Spark Howard


Black Artists of Spartanburg Exhibition - Aug 20th through September 30th, 2020. 



Panel_Discussion2.jpgAttend the Black Artists of Spartanburg Exhibition Virtual Panel Discussion

WYFF4 News Article - Black Artists of Spartanburg Exhibition

Thank you to all the artists who submitted work. Due to limited space, works were selected by the 2019 HUB-BUB Artists-in-Residence: Masimba Hwati and Shuk Han Lui. Please view the virtual gallery as the exhibition has now concluded. 

About the Jurors

Masimba Hwati is an experimental mixed media artist, originally from Zimbabwe and currently working in Spartanburg, SC. His work explores the transformation of indigenous knowledge systems and cultural resistance in both contemporary and historical themes. His work has been shown in Southern Africa, Germany, France, Canada, London, the United States, and Australia. In 2015 he represented Zimbabwe at the 56th edition of the Venice Biennale in Italy. He holds an MFA from the University of Michigan, a National Diploma in Fine Art from Harare Polytechnic, a certificate in World Performance Studies from University of Michigan, and a Certificate in Building on Indigenous Knowledge Systems for Community Resilience from St Francis Xavier University, Canada. He is an honorary research fellow at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa and his work is in collections in Montreal, Canada, Harare, Zimbabwe, Detroit, Michigan and San Diego, California.


Shuk Han Lui is a multidisciplinary artist, originally from Hong Kong and Salt Lake City, Utah, currently working in Spartanburg, SC. She works predominantly in mixed-media paintings and artist’s books. Her practice takes a meditative focus and explores relationships between drawing, painting, piano, and the use of space, and her current work focuses on democracy, justice, and civil rights. She is the recipient of several research grants and fellowships, including the Wilson Center Graduate Research Award and the Looney Foundation Graduate Fellowship from the University of Georgia, and the Don Bachardy Fellowship from the Royal Drawing School in London. She has had residencies in Nebraska, South Carolina, and London, England. Lui earned her MFA in Drawing and Painting from the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia.

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