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Visions of our 44th President

When viewers encounter paintings, sculptures and other visual representations of President Barack Obama 100 years from today what will they see? How will the visual culture of our era portray the first African-American U.S. President—the man and his era—to fututre generations?

The opportunity to describe, define and interpret Obama’s legacy inspired Peter Kaplan of Our World, LLC and the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit, MI. to organize the exhibition: Visions of Our 44th President. Wright Museum President and CEO, Juanita Moore says, Visions of Our 44th President is in many ways an ideal exhibition for The Wright Museum for the intersection of history and art is a crossroads The Wright regularly invites its visitors to explore…. It is with reverent recognition of the present-day historical importance of the first African-American president of the United States of America, and the opportunity to showcase the amazing work of talented artists, which the Wright feels the utmost pride in partnering on this exhibit.


Visions of Our 44th President was a hit at its debut in 2012, and will only grow in stature as it travels to illustrious institutions in the years to come.

Forty four contemporary African American artists were selected by the exhibition partners to give their unique aesthetic treatments and visions to a single, life-sized bust of President Obama. As artistic director for one of Obama’s official campaign posters in 2008, Kaplan envisioned the current exhibition and found a partner for its realization in the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. In the artfully illustrated Collectors Edition catalog that accompanies the show, he notes, four years in the making, this unprecedented undertaking portrays a present-day historical achievement in world history through contemporary art.

The diversity of the artists and the variations of styles represented in Visions mirrors the cultural essence of our community, says Barber, who first experienced Visions of Our 44th President at the Association of African American Museums (AAAM) conference this summer.

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For The Sake of Art 2016 Kick Off

Brandon Carson, Stacey Swift & Erica Littlejohn Burnette

The Kick off event held on Thursday, March 24th at the University Museum hosted over 100 guests including attendance by 1st lady Dr. Docia Rudley , Texas Southern University Board of Regents President, Derrick Mitchell, Assistant Vice President for Development at Texas Southern University, LeRence Snowden and HEB Vice president of public, diversity and environmental affairs, Winell Herron. FSOA 2016 Presenting Sponsor is H-E-B and PaperCity is the Media Sponsor.  The 2016 Kick Off event was sponsored by Neiman Marcus.


The 2016 FSOA Wearable Art Competition is chaired by Merele Yarborough and the Kick off was chaired by Erica Littlejohn Burnette, the event itself was hosted by Neiman Marcus Public Relations Manager Stacey Swift. The Kick off was successful in raising funds through a raffle that included prizes of fine art donated by TSU Alumnae Kingsley Onyeiwu and Latonya Allen. For more information on  the June, 10th 2016 Gala visit

Latonya Allen, Winell & Doug Herron, Kingsley Onyeiwu
Melanie Lawson, John Guess & Merele Yarborough

The Blue Triangle community center, home to a prized wall painting by legendary Houston muralist John Biggers, was buzzing on Friday with calls, visitors and television crews interested in how the piece might be saved from an aging, leaky roof.

A Chronicle story in Friday's paper presented the dilemma faced by the nonprofit organization that owns the building and operates on a shoestring budget.


Contribution of Negro Women to American Life and Education - dedicated in 1953 - covers a wall inside a room at the Blue Triangle Multi-Cultural Association's headquarters in Third Ward. Click Here to read the full Houston Chroncile Article.

The Legacy of Artist Thorton Dial

Thornton Dial (10 September 1928 – 25 January 2016) was a pioneering African-American artist who came to prominence in the late 1980s. Dial’s body of work exhibits formal variety through expressive, densely composed assemblages of found materials, often executed on a monumental scale. His range of subjects embraces a broad sweep of history, from human rights to natural disasters and current events. His works have been acquired by the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the High Museum of Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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