Protecting the Black Woman art exhibit in the Truax Gallery


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A visitor looks at paintings on display in the Protecting the Black Woman art exhibit in the Truax Gallery.

Clarion Staff Report

Madison College’s Black Women’s Affinity Group is hosting its second annual art show in honor of Dzigbodi Akyea, who worked at the college for 17 years and was a cherished member of the Academic Advising Team.
The art exhibit “Protecting the Black Woman” opened on Feb. 2 with a ceremony held in the Truax Campus Gateway. The show runs through Feb. 28.
Speakers at the event included Madison College President Dr. Jack Daniels III, Dr. Damira Grady, Vice President of Equity, Inclusion and Community Relations, and BWAG members Rhoda McKinney and Chevon Bowen.
The art exhibit features work from multiple artists and is intended to highlight the experience of Black women in multiple mediums through multiple lenses.
Work in the show includes photographs, paintings and collages. Featured artists are Althea René Miller-Sims, Jaundy Brunswick, Desere Mayo, Darren Morris, Henry Obeng, Keo Gathman, Jayden Yamoah, Pauli Ivanova and Alice Y. Traore.
The Black Women’s Affinity Group is committed to making higher education accessible and enriching the lives and communities of women of color.
The event program reminded attendees that donations made to the Madison College Foundation in memory of Akyea will be dedicated to Black students pursuing a liberal arts program at Madison College.