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Crisp-Ellert Art Museum panel on “The Nameless Now: NEFL Artists Respond”

Sep 18, 2020

In conjunction with our current exhibition "The Nameless Now: NEFL Artists Respond," on view from Sept. 4 through Oct. 24, 2020, the Crisp-Ellert Art Museum will co-host a panel discussion with Flagler College’s Black Student Association on Tuesday, Sept. 22 at 5 p.m. in Flagler College’s Auditorium. The in-person portion of the event is limited to Flagler College students, staff, and faculty, while a virtual attendance option is available for everyone.

Moderated by Shawana Brooks (writer, curator, and founder of 6ft Away Gallery and Color Jax Blue) and Rory Thompson (President, Flagler BSA), the panelists will include exhibiting Jacksonville-area artists Christopher Clark, Erin Kendrick, Dustin Harewood, Princess Simpson Rashid, and Roosevelt Watson III. This event will be live streamed on Zoom and Facebook Live for those in the community who would like to attend virtually. You can find the event registration here: https://flaglercollege.zoom.us/s/97770231771. 

Shawana Brooks is a writer, curator, and community activist in Jacksonville, and co-founder of 6ft Away Gallery with her partner Roosevelt Watson III. Brooks and Watson created the 6ft Away Gallery in the midst of the pandemic as a way to engage in meaningful conversations about art and culture in a socially distanced way, and it has since provided much needed catharsis in this turbulent time: “Art can play a crucial role in helping us talk to each other more openly about the historical roots and contemporary manifestations of social inequality and discrimination.” Further, it helps us to “communicate about such topics as racism, white privilege, police violence, economic inequality and mass incarceration.”  

Color Jax Blue, an initiative of the 6 ft. Away Gallery, was formed to bring local Black Artists and voter advocacy groups together to inspire Jacksonville citizens to unite and turn out the vote in August and November. The artists Christopher Clark, Erin Kendrick, Dustin Harewood, Princess Simpson Rashid, and Roosevelt Watson III, all of whom are included in our current exhibition The Nameless Now, have been tirelessly working on a large-scale mural project on Myrtle Avenue (near 18th Street) in Jacksonville as a part of the Color Jax Blue initiative. We hope that this panel discussion shines a bright light on the amazing work that these artists have been doing, both as a part and outside of this initiative, and Brooks’ tireless championing of local Black Artists, and access to arts programming in Jacksonville. 

About the exhibition: Artwork can be a touchstone in tumultuous times, and artists are adept at navigating and interpreting the world around us. The Nameless Now is an exhibition of work by 35 NEFL area artists that provides a window into what it looks like to make artwork in the face of uncertainty, grief, loss, and rage, while at the same time recognizing the importance of connection, collaboration, love, and beauty. The title of the exhibition takes its name from a line in the poem "In Blackwater Woods," by Mary Oliver.  

Artists include: Grace Bio, Gerald Branch, Dan Brown, Jake Carlson, Christopher Clark, Sean Kelly Conway, Mark Creegan, Katie Evans, Lenny Foster, Mico Fuentes, Eric Gillyard, Nancy Hamlin-Vogler, Dustin Harewood, Malcolm Jackson, Erin Kendrick, Jennifer Lail, Nathan Lewis, Kevin Mahoney, Russell Maycumber, Cheryl McCain, Laura Mongiovi, Patrick Moser, Hiromi Moneyhun, Madeleine Peck-Wagner, Sara Pedigo, Joseph Provenza, Princess Simpson Rashid, Leslie Robison, Tony Rodrigues, Varick Rosete, Jason Schwab, Chris Smith, Mike Taylor, Roosevelt Watson II, and Kenny Wilson. 

The Crisp-Ellert Art Museum is currently closed to the public. For further information on our virtual programming, please follow us on Instagram (@crispellertart), visit the website at www.flagler.edu/ceam, or contact Julie Dickover at 904-826-8530 or at crispellert@flagler.edu. 

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