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Southwest School of Art presents exhibition and related events in conjunction with DreamWeek SA with support of The Links, Inc., San Antonio

San Antonio, Texas – Southwest School of Art (SSA) will present Re/Devaluing Colorism: Intersections of Skin Color and Currency, guest curated by Aissatou Sidime-Blanton. The exhibition will open with a reception on Fri. Dec. 13 from 5:30 – 7:30 PM in the Russell Hill Rogers Galleries at SSA (1201 Navarro). The reception and the exhibition are free and open to the public.

A panel discussion with the artists and curator will be held at 6:30pm during the opening.

Re/Devaluing Colorism: Intersections of Skin Color and Currency addresses questions of skin color in historic and contemporary social hierarchies. Colorism, as a discriminatory impulse, has a long history and is evident across cultures and countries. This group exhibition comprised of ethnically and socio-economically diverse female artists will respond to this phenomenon and its deleterious outcomes ranging from self-loathing to the sexualization of women of “indeterminate” origin. The exhibition will include works by 14 artists, the majority of whom are African-American women. Most are Texas residents who have created works specifically for this exhibition. The exhibition will be accompanied by an illustrated catalogue of the artwork, creative writing, and scholarly texts.

Featured artists include: Bernice Appelin-Williams, Rabea Ballin, Lauren Cross, Barbara Felix, Pallavi Govindnathan, Jin-Ya Huang, Ann Sole Sister Johnson, Lauren Kelley, Dan Lam, Vicki Meek, Deborah Roberts, Susan Sponsler, Naomi Wanjiku Gakunga, and Montoya Williams.

The exhibition will remain on view through April 5, 2020.

In conjunction with this exhibition and with DreamWeek San Antonio 2020 several events are planned:

Re-Devaluing Colorism Art Catalogue Release Party - Friday, January 10, 2020 | 6 – 9 PM
Southwest School of Art (1201 Navarro)

Official catalogue release party for the new exhibition Re-Devaluing Colorism:The Intersections of Skin Color and Currency that features sculpture, paintings, video, and drawings by 14 women of color, the majority of whom are African-American artists from Texas. Their artwork responds to the global phenomenon of basing a person’s worth on his/her skin color, and its deleterious outcomes that have ranged from self-loathing to the sexualization of women of “indeterminate ethnic origin”. This Dreamweek event will celebrate the unveiling of the exhibition catalogue, which includes exhibition artwork, poetry, scholarly texts, tips for parents, and arts activities for children.

Hands-on Art Workshop for Girls - Sat. Jan. 25, 2020 | 12 - 3 PM
Southwest School of Art (1201 Navarro)

This Dreamweek event will allow middle school and high school girls to delve into the varied historic origins of colorism and visually express their own thoughts and feelings on the subject in a communal art project, led by interdisciplinary artist/filmmaker, curator, and scholar Dr. Lauren Cross, Cross is program coordinator of UNT-Denton’s Interdisciplinary Art and Design Studies program. She was among three Fort Worth artists selected for the 2013 Fort Worth Weekly Visionary Awards, and among 100 Dallas Creatives honored by the Dallas Observer in 2015. To register for the workshop, visit:

Poetry-Song-Dance Performance by Andrea “Vocab” Sanderson and Amber Ortega - Fri. Mar. 6, 2020 | 7PM
Southwest School of Art (1201 Navarro)

Poet/songstress and the Artist Foundation of San Antonio’s 2019 People’s Choice Award winner Andrea "Vocab" Sanderson teams up with choreographer and artistic director of W-I-P Amber Ortega in a dialogue of poetry, song, dance and call-and-response that explores the impact of colorism.
Generous support for this exhibition and related events comes from The Links, Inc., San Antonio.


Media contact: Debra Del Toro, Southwest School of Art, or 210.200.8228.

Southwest School of Art is the only independent college of art in the state of Texas and operates as a private, nonprofit institution. In addition to the Bachelor of Fine Arts program, Southwest School of Art provides studio art programs for non degree-seeking students in San Antonio and surrounding communities. As part of our mission to teach and advance the visual arts for the benefit of those seeking higher education and for others seeking education and enrichment, all exhibitions and lectures at Southwest School of Art are free and open to the public.





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