Art commenting on the African-American experience on view at Ohio History Connection

This fifth annual exhibition, organized by the Ohio History Connection, is on view at the Ohio History Center through Jan. 21, 2019. The exhibition has been previously shown at the National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center in Wilberforce, which co-presents the show with the King Arts Complex and the African American Visual Artists Guild of Dayton.

Originally a showcase of African-American artists, the exhibition has been expanded in recent years to work that speaks to the African experience in diaspora, with work eligible to be included by artists of all cultural backgrounds.

“Part of the mission of the exhibition and the [National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center] is to be inclusive,” said Rosa Rojas, curator at the museum, as well as of this exhibition. “We acknowledge that anyone can have thoughts on the African-American experience.”

Rojas worked with three jurors, including Columbus artist Queen Brooks, to select the 60 original paintings, textile works, sculptures and prints by visual artists from (primarily) Ohio and around the country.

“Our goal is to make sure that we express the variety in mediums and styles that is out there,” Rojas said. “We also include younger, emerging artists alongside established, well-known artists.”