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Summer/Fall 2017 Update 

Power Dance, 30 x 22 cm
Look for my work at the Chicago Expo in September 13-17 2017

Red dots and Hot water, 30 x 22 cm

It’s funny how one part of my life has come full circle since my studio visit with the Studio Museum in Harlem. In 2006 I travelled to SMH to speak with Lowery Stokes Sims, then their executive director, and left with the feeling that much more work and scholarship needed to be done.  I met with SMH’s newest associate curator Connie Choi and assistant curator Hallie Ringle and felt good about it. Of course there is always work to do, but I feel much closer. Twins (2017) is now part of their permanent collection!
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Thelma Golden before Twins 
Nobody’s Darling: Women and Representation at UT Austin’s Christian-Green gallery continues over the course of this summer and concludes on August 4, 2017. As I’ve said, I’m thrilled to have support in Austin and am as happy to see varying interest across the US.
I will participate in the 2017 Art on the Vine at Martha’s Vineyard this August 12th through the 14th  with The Agora Culture in Edgartown, MA. The show will feature fifteen artists of color, and draws on distinguished collectors’ talents and art appreciators for what they describe as a “one-of-a-kind cultural explosion.” 

Liberty Stands With Them, 30 x 22 cm
Remember that my first New York City solo show at Fort Gansevoort Gallery in the Meat Packing District opens November 9, 2017 and closes December 23, 2017. I’m happy to return to the city to meet even more art lovers and for my exhibition. Let me know if you can attend this one!
Looking ahead to 2018, Jenkins Johnson Gallery is showcasing a solo show of my work in San Francisco between February and March, and maybe something looming in Atlanta, GA. Hard dates and times to come. I’ll keep you posted!


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