BIPOCis The Theme! National Juried Exhibition Juror Tyanna J. Buie April 8 - May 14, 2022
True inclusion starts with acknowledgment. BIPOC Is the Theme! addresses inclusivity through the many artists and art works selected for this exhibition. The work in this exhibition represents a wide - range of processes and techniques that include mixed-media, drawing, painting, printmaking, digital works, abstraction, portraiture, video/documentary art, and sculpture, with varied concepts such as personal narrative, social constructs, identity, and political themes. All of which speaks to the diverse processes and ways of making that exemplifies celebration, the appreciation of self, and audacity. The audacity of these artists to explore their inner thoughts through visual means, while existing in a society that perpetually mis-handles the unique voice and perspective of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) individuals. The artists in this exhibition continue to find ways to make their voices known regardless of stereotypes and stigmas, along with the hidden barriers/burdens placed upon their shoulders, all for the sake of visual expression.
- Tyanna J. Buie
Participating Artists: Harold Allen, AJ Aremu, Andre Barker Jr., Ileana Bell, Boisali Biswas, Derrock Burnett, Gerardo Castro, Sherell Chillik, Don DonCee Coulter, Cailyn Dawson, Steffon Dixon, Chad Cortez Everett, Cheryl L. Guerrero, Nicolei Buendia Gupit, Tatsuki Hakoyama, Kya Harris, Boris Hines, Ikwe & Kino, Stephanie Karamitsos, Ina Kaur, James Long, Kiara Aileen Machado, Kaima Marie, Demarcus McGaughey, Cayla B. Mims, The ArtSchoolDropout, T. Owens Union, Miranda Rios, James Sexer Rodriguez, Manjushree Roy, Amy Sanders de Melo, Cintia Segovia, Aries Tjhin, Ariana Vaeth, Ting Wang, Ed Watkins, Alisa M. White and Yan Zhang.
BIPOC is trendy right now. However Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) artists have traditionally been underrepresented in U.S. galleries and museums. How do we make this moment in time more than a moment? Singular Black History Month exhibitions do not make up for the decades of systemic racism and omission from our arts institutes. Buckham Gallery acknowledges the need to build stronger relationships with BIPOC artists and our community. “BIPOC is The Theme,” with juror Tyanna J. Buie, is a launch pad to build new collaborations with BIPOC artists. In addition to the traditional cash prizes, Buckham Gallery will select artists to be featured in the 2023 - 2024 season.
BIPOC Is The Theme! artists selected for feature exhibitions and honorariums: In addition to the traditional cash prizes, Buckham’s Exhibition Committee selected three artists to be featured in the 2023 - 2024 season, thus building new relationships and opportunities with artists. These future feature exhibitions include honorariums ($500 each) to aid with the financial challenges of transporting artwork.
Congratulations to the selected Artists! Gerardo Castro, Kiara Aileen Machado, and Ariana Vaeth
Congratulations to the BIPOC Is The Theme! Prize Winners!! 1st Place: Ikwe & Kino,Response to 5.25.2020, video & music 2nd Place: Ed Watkins, Dorcus, A Charible Servant, mixed media 3rd Place: Amy Sanders de Melo, AM I, porcelain, 24k gold Honorable Mention: Boisali Biswas, A Walk to the Other Side of the Neighborhood, mixed media fibers
Buckham Gallery is funded by the following organizations:
Generous support is provided by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.
Our activities are sponsored in part by an award from the MICHIGAN ARTS AND CULTURE COUNCIL and the NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS.
This program is sponsored by the Greater Flint Arts Council Share Art Genesee Grant Program made possible by the Genesee County Arts Education and Cultural Millage funds. Your tax dollars are at work!