Monday, January 24 through Thursday, March 3, 2022
A public reception will be held on Friday, February 11th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Clark County Public Art is proud to introduce “Representation Matters,” a Black History Month exhibition focusing on identity through portraiture. Works by 18 local artists of varied backgrounds and ages display their experiences and perceptions of what it means to be a member of the Black community or a Black individual. “Representation Matters” will be on display Monday, January 24 through Thursday, March 3, 2022 at the Clark County Government Center Rotunda Gallery located at 500 S Grand Central Pkwy. A public reception will be held on Friday, February 11th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
“What a pleasure it is to see all of these depictions of our Black community coming from such a diverse swath of artistic talent,” said Commissioner McCurdy. “It is especially important to increase Black representation, to increase equity in our art and daily lives.”
The show has been juried by Q'shaundra James, a Las Vegas artist who graduated with her BFA from UNLV in 2016. Q'shaundra explores the historical portrayals of black figures through portraiture and the concept of `The Veil,' which has obscured African American self-perception. Her portraits evoke struggles with cultural viewpoints, objectification, and identity.
Selected artists from youth, amateur and experienced levels include Nalanie Applegate, X Darvianna, Dray, Nancy Erskine, Shereene Fogenay, Jazmine Harris, Ron Harris III, Abigail Holguin, Jalen Jones, Allura Lopez, Saundra Lyle, Matthew Maffatt, Ralph Megginson III, Kenneth Ruffin, Chelsea Rust, Chloe Stine, Janai Thomas and Kerric Thomas.
Awards List: Representation Matters - Rotunda Gallery - Jan 17 - March 3, 2020
Juror: Q’shaundra James
Best In Show: Dreads, Nalanine Applegate
Honorable Mention: Beautiful Heritage, Strong Identity, Abigail Holguin
Honorable Mention: Aretha Franklin, and Those She Inspired, Matthew Moffatt
Best in Show: Resilience 1, Saundra Lyle
Honorable Mention: Una, Darvianna
Honorable Mention: Golden, Jalen Jones
Best in Show: Satchel Paige-Breaking Baseball’s Barriers, Nancy Erksine
Honorable Mention: Stanfetti, Chelsea Rust
Honorable Mention: Dreaming, Ralph Megginson III