Opening Reception Friday, November 17, 5:30-9:00pm
Women of Visions, Inc., founded in 1981 and incorporated in 1995 as a nonprofit, was formed to recognize the art of African-American women, providing exhibition opportunities, mentoring, and professional development in the arts not easily obtainable or available. The members of Women of Visions, Inc. represent a diverse sampling of artistic styles including ceramics, collage, digital arts, fiber arts, installation art, jewelry, mixed-media, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture. The organization mounts collaborative shows with other arts groups and individuals, and builds relationships to create visibility both in Pittsburgh and beyond.
Sankofa Soul: Past, Present, Future
The sankofa bird symbolizes the Akan people’s quest for knowledge with the
implication that the quest forward is based on critical examination, and intelligent
and patient investigation of the past.
About the Juror: Kahmeela Friedson
I would like to thank members of Women of Visions, Inc for inviting me to be a juror for the Sankofa
Soul show. As I gazed upon all of the artwork, I was overwhelmed with a sense of history, culture and pride, because there were so many strong pieces. I asked of each piece “how successfully does this work of art draw from the theme?” Some, not yet with an artist’s statement, forced me to judge only the visual. I think this was good since then I was led to see exactly what the artist had put into the work of art. I also chose works that made me want to learn more about the artist and/or the subject matter that was being depicted. I hope the audience enjoys the show as much as I enjoyed selecting the exhibition. I was deeply moved by some of the work, was overjoyed at the beauty of some pieces, and intellectually challenged by others.
Jurors Choice Award: Janet Watkins
Harriette A. Meriwether
Tina Williams Brewer
Elizabeth Asche Douglas
Ashley A. Jones