In memory of teaching artist Betsy Meyer and in celebration of Black History Month and Women's History Month, Main Line Art Center is proud to virtually present the 17th Annual Betsy Meyer Memorial Exhibition in partnership with The Colored Girls Museum (TCGM) featuring the Meyer Family Award for Contemporary Art recipients Celestine Wilson-Hughes, Toni Kersey, and Patricia Renee' Thomas. This award and exhibition exists to support the talented contemporary artists in the region, to honor deserving artists in the field, and to encourage excellence and experimentation in artistic practice, presentation, and community involvement.
The exhibition, curated by Vashti DuBois, Founder & Executive Director of The Colored Girls Museum, and Michael Clemmons, Curator & Visual Artist, features the work of three African American women. These artists negotiate a diverse range of media which personifies the innumerable expressions, realities and evidence of being, that is inclusive of TCGM and girls and women of the African diaspora. Textile quilts, paintings, works on paper and in glass, sculptural and two-dimensional, epitomize the wealth of her images, narratives and expressions. The work is powerful, celebratory and exemplifies TCGM’s mission to be a public ritual for the protection, praise and grace of ordinary/extraordinary colored girls.
TCGM’s exhibition and programming campaign this year is The One Room School House, a composite of virtual and live experiences that serve as a refuge in the midst of a pandemic. The Betsy Meyer Memorial Exhibition consists of images of finished pieces alongside photographs of each of the women in their creative spaces, giving the viewer an intimate glimpse into the processes and inspirations behind the work. The virtual format allows us the opportunity to explore the artists' work not only through finished pieces, but also through the various stages of creation.
The award and exhibition are made possible by generous support from the Meyer family. m