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Is It Because I’m Me BLACK!!?

Ann and Norman Roulet Student + Alumni Gallery

Cleveland Institute of Art

  • Date Friday, February 02, 2024 - Thursday, February 29, 2024
Cleveland Institute of Art

Cleveland Institute of Art is one of the nation's leading accredited independent colleges of art and design. For more than 130 years, the college has been an educational cornerstone in Cleveland, Ohio, and produces graduates competitive as studio artists, designers,... more

Is It Because I’m Me BLACK!!? will be the second annual Black History Month exhibition organized by the Cleveland Institute of Art's Black Scholars and Artists students. The exhibition will examine themes related to Black identity, voice and presence.

Is It Because I’m Me BLACK!!? will be on view February 2–29 in the Ann and Norman Roulet Student + Alumni Gallery and the Mary Ann and Jack Katzenmeyer Student Lounge.

Exhibition Statement

Why do you underestimate my talents, my voice, my presence, my purity? Is it Because I'm Black or Is It Because I'm Me?

Black art is an expression and extension of ourselves. Words we may not be able to articulate, we transform into beautiful, yet sometimes disturbing, compositions depicting the complexities and hardships of being Black.

Join us and be exposed to the world of the contemporary Black artist. Witness as we—with liberty, boldness and spontaneity—navigate the negative stereotypes and barriers thrown our way on a daily basis.

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Is It Because I’m Me BLACK!!?

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