African-American History On View at TRAHC



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Two winter exhibits at the Texarkana Regional Arts and Humanities Center in Nacogdoches are well timed to celebrate African-American History Month in February. From January 28 to March 16, the museum showcases “For All the World To See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights.” And for four and a half weeks, January 31 to March 4, the center hosts its 14th annual Regional Celebration of African-American Artists Exhibit: Local Artists and Collectors, featuring works by two local artists.

The first exhibition examines the influence of visual culture and images that shaped and transformed the struggle for racial equality in America, paying particular attention to the realities of segregation and racial violence as well the inspiration for activism, African-American pride and the Black Power movement. 

Sponsored by grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and others, the exhibit includes 250 objects — posters, photographs, television and radio clips, political buttons, comic books and toys — that track the development of the civil rights movement from the 1940s to the 1970s. It was organized by the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and the Smithsonian National Museum of African-American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.

Regional Celebration of African-American Artists Exhibit: Local Artists and Collectors has historically drawn attention to the diversity of the African-American experience, inviting viewers to consider the messages embedded in the artifact’s material, subject matter and style. From 2002 to 2006, the exhibit focused on local artists. After that, themes involved musicians, athletes, artist and inventors. With the 2017 show, the emphasis returns to art of a local and regional variety. 

This year, the exhibit’s guest artists are Treva West and Cedric Watson. For several years, West was TRAHC’s Community Arts Director and she was curator of the TRAHC African-American Committee’s Hats African-American Women Wear to Church Exhibit.  As an artist, she works in acrylic, sculpture and pottery in themes of still life, children and abstract art.

Watson works in acrylic and often does custom work, creating portraits from personal photos. He will create three to five art pieces specifically for this exhibit. 

TRAHC is located at 321 W. 4th St. in Texarkana. For more information, call 903.792.8681 or visit trahc.org.

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