PIGMENT INTERNATIONAL SELECTED AS A BLACK ART LOVE AWARD RECIPIENT

Pigment International
3 min readMay 6, 2024

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Design by Robert Paige

ILA Creative Studio’s Executive Director, Rachel Gadson announced that Pigment International has been chosen as a 2024 Black Art Love Affair Award recipient. They will receive the Rooted Love Award, for institutions and organizations who are invested in uplifting diverse voices in the arts in Chicago. The Black Art Love Award recipients will be recognized at the 2nd Annual Black Art Love Affair on June 8, 2024 at Parkway Bronze (4455 S. King Dr. in Chicago, IL), at 6:00PM.

The Black Art Love Affair is an evening celebrating Black art, culture and community in Chicago. This event celebrates outstanding individuals who make a positive impact on the Black artistic community and excel in their respective creative fields. Honorees are recognized for their talent, excellence, and empowering cultural contributions.

IN CONVERSATION WITH DALE WASHINGTON: CALL FOR ARTISTS

July 19th-September 6th, 2024

The Bridgeport Art Center (BAC) proudly announces a call for artists for In Conversation with Dale Washington; Curated by Sejah Washington, Makeba Kedem-DuBose and Marci Rubin. This exhibition will be exhibited in BAC’s distinguished 4th Floor Gallery.

In Conversation with Dale Washington is dedicated to late visual artist Dale Washington. The exhibition will be hosted at the Bridgeport Art Center from July 19th to September 6th, 2024. On view will be selected works from Dale’s prolific portfolio including early works & pieces from his last years in Portland. This exhibition celebrates Dale’s breadth of work including his drawings, paintings and mixed media pieces sought after by private collectors in the Chicagoland community. In Conversation with Dale Washington features artworks by his son, Messejah Washington, Dale’s friends & contemporaries and a legacy of artists whose work is inspired by Dale’s unique style.

Silent auction sales from Dale Washington’s works will benefit The Dale Washington non for profit, an organization dedicated to providing help to sustain the careers of artists throughout the Chicagoland area.

SSCAC WELCOMES ICONIC ARTIST ROBERT EARL PAIGE FOR A KOOL-AID COLOR WEAVING WORKSHOP WITH KENY DE LA PEÑA ON MAY 11!

In tandem with Robert Earl Paige’s survey exhibiton The United Colors of Robert Earl Paige, at the Hyde Park Art Center, the South Side Community Art Center (SSCAC) is hosting a workshop in relation to themes in the exhibition, through textile practices using everyday materials! It will be held on Saturday, May 11 from 1 pm — 3 pm at SSCAC at 3831 S. Michigan Ave. The workshop will be facilitated by HPAC Community Engagement Fellow, Keny De La Peña.

As a nod to Robert Earl Paige’s community art practice, EVERYDAY ART, and his exhibition at Hyde Park Art Center, The United Colors of Robert Earl Paige, the Hyde Park Art Center is hosting free all ages art making workshops on the South Side and across Chicago at partner organizations, institutions, and will bring art making to unconventional spaces like churches, libraries, gardens, festivals, and farmers markets.

Early in his career, Paige and Dr. Carol Adams, founded EVERYDAY ART, an organization that hosted art exhibitions in unlikely places (like laundromats and funeral homes) and the first arts festival at South Shore Cultural Center in Chicago. Through EVERYDAY ART, Paige and Adams thought to generate a community aesthetic that considered how Black community members both design and work toward a unified neighborhood appearance that embraces culture and heritage. In Paige’s words, “Everyday Art is designed to demonstrate the role of the arts in the revitalization of a rapidly changing community and to involve all residents –artist and non-artist alike– in the creation of a community aesthetic.”

We hope you’ll join us not only for the workshop, but to learn more about Robert Earl Paige’s robust arts practice and it’s connection to the broader Black culturally specific history of arts movements here in Chicago!

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