20 Creative Works Inspired By Black Lives Matter Featured At JSMA

Jul 1, 2021

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 Good Trouble, Standing Up to Jim Crow, by Marco Elliot, 2021, gouache and inks on paper.  Elliot is one of the featured artists in the BLM exhibit at JSMA.
Credit Brian Bull / KLCC

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.

John Weber, the JSMA's executive director, outside another topical exhibit, 56 Black Men.
Credit Brian Bull / KLCC

"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 reception will be held July 8th at the exhibit.

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