Celebration of Black History Month

February 1st, 2017 - February 28th, 2017

A Sense of Place

Leo Smith, African American videographer from Fayetteville, Phil Deffebaugh, Fayetteville citizen with a long legacy reaching to enslavement in Washington County Arkansas collaborate with Fayetteville Underground Gallery to conduct and film interviews of local elders about their life experience living in Northwest Arkansas. The NWA-African American Heritage Association and Fayetteville Underground exhibition is funded in part by an Arkansas Arts Council cooperative grant.

Angela Davis Johnson is best known for her vibrant narrative paintings that examine universal connections, identity and historical occurrences through personal symbols. Navigating between academic influences and outsider art individuality, she creates textured figures using oil paint, scrap paper and fabric within unique compositions. A signature member of Arkansas League of Artists, currently her work can be seen in galleries and private collections throughout the United States. She currently lives between Little Rock, AR and Atlanta, GA.

Cory Perry is a young Fayetteville artist who says “… I’m continuing the evolution of my process. I’m building a composition through color scheme and texture arrangement. My work reflects aesthetics from traditional African practices. It does so by having emphasis on faces and object representation. This is intentional, as to reconnect with an ancestral practice that had caused a major pivotal point in modern art.”

Joёlle Storёt lives in Fayetteville Arkansas, is an accomplished emerging artist and is also the Fayetteville Underground Gallery manager. She says, “Personal ‘rebirths’ of self occur for many reasons for all people. In the case of the Artwork of Joëlle Storёt, the most recent Renaissance is the most personal. For the longest time, the Belgian-born Congolese artist was creating inspired pieces that were incredibly popular in the town that nurtured her creativity the most, Fayetteville, as well as around the world. Now she is diving deep into a part of herself that she used to feel a little shy exposing. Her art as well as her upbringing can be described virtually in the same fashion. It is a deep Afro-Teutonic Synthesis”