Ayeye: A Retrospective of Black History Month
(On exhibit: January 30 – March 2, 2018)
To commemorate Black History Month, the Center for the Arts has scheduled an exhibit exploring art works by local and regional African-American artists. This eclectic and collaborative exhibition includes photography, painting, and mixed media with subject matter ranging from studies of African culture and history to nature and travel photography. The term ayeye means “celebration” or “ceremony” in Yoruba. Ceremonies are considered a core value in Yoruba culture and involve the participation of not only family, but community. Join us in celebrating culture, history, and community at the Opening Reception, Saturday, February 3, 6-8 PM, hosted by the Prince William County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. The reception will include refreshments, live music, and door prizes (free & open to the public).
Naomi Hanna has been painting for 12 years and is a mostly self taught Visual Artist based in Baltimore. Her paintings reflect her experience within the African Diaspora using water colors, acrylics, oils, multimedia, and more. Hanna spent one year at Delaware College of Art and Design in 2012. Recently, Hanna participated in multiple cultural events such as Artscape 2016 where she painted a temporary mural. In 2015, Hanna visited Salvador, Bahia, Brasil for Capoeira Angola Martial Arts and cultural exposure. In July 2016, her first Baltimore City Art Show "Dreams of the Motherland" was a success and paid for her ticket to Accra, Ghana. Her following art show Pilgrimage to the Motherland was a success and funded her spiritual temple. Hanna currently works as a full time artist in Baltimore City while attending school.
Ashley Joi is an up and coming Visual Artist, residing in the Falls Church/Washington DC area. She attended Hampton University, where she studied Fine Art with an emphasis in Graphic Design.
Jimmy S. Clark, Jr. is a self-taught, emerging artist originally from Louisiana, currently living in Northern Virginia. Jimmy has been fascinated with drawing and painting since childhood. He specializes in landscapes and abstract painting using acrylic as his medium.
Joliza Terry attained a Masters of Fine Arts from James Madison University in 2016 and teaches Digital Photography Printmaking Graphic Design at Virginia Union University located in Richmond, VA. Her works in Ayeye are part of a series entitled Home Starts From Within which is about the perspective of a middle-class African American family.
Karl Rudd was born and raised in North Carolina. His love of photography began in the 1970’s while a student at N.C. Central University where he photographed sporting events, and subjects
including Muhammad Ali, Alex Haley, and Louis Farrakhan. He now resides in Upper Marlboro, Maryland where he operates his photography business, and is currently working on a pictorial
collection called “Stones of Hope”.
Katina Douglas studied at the Academy of Art University where she began her career as a self-taught portrait photographer. Inspired by the crippling effects of homelessness, namely how their existence is seemingly disregarded and almost invisible, she has dedicated a large portion of her work and time to humanizing those gravely affected by homelessness.
Cleveland started his photography career doing individual & family portraits in the late 70’s in Rochester, NY. In his day job Cleve was an English teacher. At the same time he has been a freelance photographer for most of his adult life. He has done his share of commercial work over the decades, adapting from film and darkrooms to digital images and Lightroom.
Edward is a Washington, D.C. based photographer with over 20 years of experience. Although self-taught, he acknowledges the influence of James Van Der Zee, Gordon Parks and Charles“Teenie” Harris. To him each image defines a moment in time. What differentiates his approach to photography is his documentary style, the deliberative process.
George D. Tolbert IV served as the first African-American Official Photographer for the United States Senate. His images have been featured in hundreds of magazines, such as Time, Jet, and Ebony. He currently serves as the Vice President of the Exposure Group, an African American Photographers Association based in D.C.
Native of Eritrea, Ambessa Jir Berhe is filmmaker, photographer and Assistant Professor of Media, Journalism, and Film at Howard University in Washington, D.C. where he graduated with MFA degree in film production and now teaches graduate and undergraduate film production courses. He has been photographing experiment images for cinematography aesthetic enhancement for a long time while working and completing on numerous film projects. For the last five years he has been photographing professionally, working on several long-term photo projects. Currently he exhibiting some of his works from the photo project called "a glimpse images of my homeland Eritrea".