Springfield Technical Community College, Arts Gallery
February 3 - February 29
Fallacies: Black Identity Extremist = Black Identity Enthusiast, Feb. 3-29, Amy H. Carberry Fine Arts Gallery: Kiayani Douglas has spent the last three years developing an interdisciplinary body of work called Black Identity Enthusiast. B.I.E. is a body of work geared toward curating conversations rooted in race history and privilege. She creates workshops where students of all disciplines can learn about American Black History, while making connections to math, science, history and literature. A series of student workshops and art faculty will be held throughout the month.
Other Black History Month events featuring the artist include:
- Wednesday, Feb. 12: Wearable art workshop in the gallery, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
- Thursday, Feb. 27: Special artist talk held at the Student Learning Commons (Building 19) Forum, 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Artist Talk & Closing Reception, Feb. 27, 10 a.m., Student Learning Commons, Forum: Come out and listen to artist-in-residence Kiayani Douglas as she discusses her exhibit “Fallacies of a Black Enthusiast.” Refreshments will be served.
Douglas has spent the last three years developing an interdisciplinary body of work called Black Identity Enthusiast, which is geared toward curating conversations rooted in race history and privilege.
She uses the Black Panthers Party for Self-Defense 10-Point Program to critique and make visual connections to social injustices that have plagued African Americans.
According to Sondra Peron, the Amy H. Carberry Fine Arts Gallery coordinator, Douglas’ talents as an educator and an artist come together effortlessly to build much needed conversations in brave places. She creates workshops where students of all disciplines can learn about American black history, while making connections to math, science, history and literature. Her desire to make these spaces stems from her not having them herself.
Born and raised in Hartford, Douglas has a deep passion for advancing her community, culturally, economically and intellectually. She is a recent graduate of the University of Hartford in 2018 with her MFA in Interdisciplinary Art. She also holds her bachelor of fine arts in ceramics with a double minor in painting and psychology, also from the University of Hartford.
Springfield Technical Community College will celebrate Black History Month throughout February with a series of events on campus. Movies That Matter Series, Student Learning Commons, Forum, 12:15 p.m.: “Harriet,” Feb. 10; “The Hate You Give,” Feb. 14; “I Am Not Your Negro,” Feb. 21; “Tell Them We Are Rising,” Feb. 24; “Just Mercy,” Feb. 28. Movies That Matter are socially conscious films shown during Black History Month at STCC.
The Amy H. Carberry Fine Arts Gallery presents approximately six exhibits each academic year featuring works by artists of local and national repute, as well as STCC student work. All exhibits are supported in part by funding from STCC Student Activities. The gallery is free, open to the public, and handicapped accessible.
The Amy H. Carberry Fine Arts Gallery is open Tuesday through Friday 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2. Park in visitor’s parking in the entrance on Federal St. The Art Gallery is located Buliding 28 off Pearl Street.