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20 Creative Works Inspired By Black Lives Matter Featured At JSMA

Brian Bull

The Black Lives Matter movement remains a powerful voice for social justice and racial equity across America, including here in Oregon. A new exhibit opens this month in Eugene, with select artists sharing interpretations of what the movement means to them.  

The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art awarded twenty grants, equaling $2500 each, to recipients to use in creating art they feel personifies Black activism and Black life today.

”It’s about their voices, and that’s the most important thing," John Weber, the JSMA's executive director, told KLCC.

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John Weber, the JSMA's executive director, outside another topical exhibit, 56 Black Men.

"We have statements by the artists in the show alongside their work, too. So you can hear directly from them, in their own words, how they’re approaching this moment of time, in their work.” 

Mediums range from photography to painting, sculpture to videos.

Most artists hail from Eugene, though Bend, Ashland, Creswell, and Veneta are also represented. 

A family-friendly receptionwill be held July 8th at the exhibit.

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Brian Bull is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, and remains a contributor to the KLCC news department. He began working with KLCC in June 2016.   In his 27+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (22 regional),  the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from  the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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