“Chosen Family,” curated by Dr. Lauren Davidson

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     Chosen Family brings together the work of three sets of emerging African American artists who are also close friends: Omari Jesse, Bria Edwards, and Olivia Bruce; Wesley Clark and Rodney (Buck!) Herring; Austin (Auz) Miles and Angelique Scott. Through their art, viewers are given an intimate look into their friendships which have grown and evolved over several years, some from childhood. They have developed their artistic practice, supported one another through triumphs and failures, and at times, have even been each other’s muses. What makes these friendships unique? How have they influenced each other creatively? How do artists support each other in the challenging visual arts industry? The idea of this professional and personal alignment becomes more nuanced when seen through the lens of the Black experience. This exhibition will consider these connections through an exploration of the visual and conceptual elements of their artistic practice.