Black history month is in February and is widely known as a celebration of African-Americans and their accomplishments. Each year, the Indianapolis Public Library takes a unique approach to honoring Blacks by showcasing exhibits of works by 18 prominent local African-American artists titled Meet the Artists.
This year marks the 26th anniversary of this Black artist celebration. The festivities begin Jan. 29 and will continue through March 22 at Central Library, 40 E. St. Clair St. The exhibit, sponsored by The Indianapolis Public Library’s African-American History Committee, has become one of the city’s premier cultural events while providing an avenue for Black artists to promote their work.
This year’s participating artists include Alpha Blackburn, Angela Fisher, Ashley Robinson, Carol Barnett, Denise Smith, Gary Gee, Ivery Wilson-Teague, Kenneth Hordge, Kim Ross Brown, Kris Komakech, Lj McCaleb-Doucoure, Nora Musu, Octavius Lettsome, Ray Howard Jr., Rosemary Turentine, Samuel Vazquez, Teri Cox and Will Watson.
A youth exhibit presented by Broad Ripple High School Performing Arts along with Herron Art students Kylen Bradburn and Madeline Hudson also will be featured.
The community is encouraged to not only see the exhibitions, but to join in an evening of cultural entertainment during the “Meet the Artists Gala Reception” on Feb. 8 from 5:45 to 10 p.m. at the Central Library. This free event will feature a number of performers, including vocalist Cynthia Layne, comedian Lady Luncha’bell and poets Matt Davis and Januarie York; a fashion show coordinated by Nikki Blaine; and youth jewelry making.
For more information about Meet the Artists exhibit and gala, call (317) 275-4022 or visit Indypl.org.