March 15 – July 6, 2008
Fred Beans Gallery
Color: Ten African American Artists celebrated the African American experience through the work of both emerging and established craft artists who have diverse backgrounds and personal histories. These artists draw on a wide range of sources for their creations, including African folklore, religious symbols, and historic clothing, as well as their imaginations, daydreams, and generations of African American tradition.
The show featured artists from across the United States and included such distinguished figures as Joyce Scott, Beverly Buchanan, and Nick Cave. These artists work in a wide range of craft media including clay, glass, metal, wood, and fiber; their innovative expressions are rooted in traditional craft processes and history, as well as an exploration of unexpected connections between craft and the more "mainstream" genres of painting, sculpture, and conceptual/installation art. Five of the artists were invited to participate in the exhibition, and five were selected through a national competition. The project was organized by the Society for Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.