Visitors to WSU’s Jordan Schnitzer Museum can take in the Black Lives Matter Artist Grant Exhibition showcasing 20 Washington artists using their voices, experiences and artistic expression for social justice efforts in response to systemic racism.
The exhibit runs through Dec. 18, with an opening reception Tuesday and a discussion Wednesday.
Each artist whose work is featured received a grant of $2,500 to fund the creation of art and public awareness, according to a news release. The grants were made in a partnership with the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation, which funded similar programs at the University of Oregon and Portland State University.
The WSU museum’s 20 recipients are: Aisha Harrison, Lisa Myers Bulmash, Hasaan Kirkland, Rene Westbrook, Troy Riley Miles, Jasmine Iona Brown, Robert J. Lloyd, Grace June, Zinda K. Foster, Whitney Evans, Jennifer Kuhns, Cynthia Camlin, Myron Curry, Jackie Schaubel, Derek E. Johnson, Maya Milton, Bonnie Hopper, Tracy Poindexter-Canton, Damon Brown and Felicia Follum.
“I have often said artists are chroniclers of our time. We all feel anguish about the death of George Floyd and many others at the hands of racial oppression,” said Jordan Schnitzer, president of The Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation and the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation, in regard to the awards and exhibit. “We, more than ever, need artists to help us understand this issue and help us heal.”
More information about the artists can be found at museum.wsu.edu/events/2020-artist-profiles-winners-black-lives-matter-artist-grant/.