This exhibition reimagines southern identity through the lens of the African American experience. With roots or careers in Georgia, these artists comment on themes of personal and collective struggle as well as beauty and cultural heritage unique to the South.
It also highlights the work of the 2019 Larry D. and Brenda A. Thompson Award Winner, Leo Twiggs. A nationally known artist born and based in South Carolina, he was the first African American to receive a doctorate in art education at the University of Georgia.
This year’s national theme for Black History Month is “Black Migrations,” and many of these works relate to how African American artists visually responded to notions of migration, particularly from the rural South, or crafted responses to new environments and urban center.