Black Life as subject Matter II

Curated by Willis "Bing" Davis 

Produced and circulated by EbonNia Gallery

April 30 - July 8, 2022



"It has been said that we express best that which we know the most about. What we know best is our own life experience. The joy, the sorrow, the pain, and the hopes – in one’s life, the community, or a nation, is often reflected through the creative arts. Artists, musicians, poets, dramatist have always been griots, storytellers. To fully gage the temperature of a community or a nation, we need to listen deeply to the songs it sings, the spoken words it speaks, the dramatic events it performs, the movement of its dancers, and the images that adorn the interior and exterior walls. The arts may not have solutions to all the problems in society, but the arts have the energy and power to identify things to celebrate and preserve, but to also reveal questions worthy of broad consideration and discussion within the community and the nation. BLACK LIFE in all its manifestations is, indeed, a worthy subject MATTER for creative expression by African American visual artists in search of truth and beauty." - Willis "Bing" Davis, Curator

Featured artists included: Tracy Ameen, Larry Winston CollinsAbner CopeCedric Cox, Chelsea Craig, Shon Curtis, Dwayne Daniel, Clifford Darrett, Derrick Davis, Willis "Bing" Davis, Gregg DeGroat, Deborah Dixon, Horace Dozier Sr., Lois Fortson-Kirk, Erin Glenn, Dale Goode, Al HardenKevin HarrisMorris T. HowardThomas HudsonJimi JonesCynthia Lockhart, Robert Parkey III, James Pate, Craig Screven, Jared Thorne, Frances Turner, Andrea Walker Cummings, Yvette Walker-Dalton, Evan Williams, Ronnie Williams 


Media support was provided by CD92.9CitySceneOhio Channel, Ohio Magazine, and WCBE 90.5 FM.


Ohio Channel Spotlight

Curator in front of title wall, links to spotlight video

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Black Life as subject Matter II



 The Ohio House of Representatives High School Art Show


The Ohio House of Representatives High School Student Art Exhibit, also known as “The 99 Show” is a collaboration with the Ohio House of Representatives, the Ohio Arts Council and the Ohio Art Education Association to mount a student exhibition representing all 99 House Districts in the State of Ohio. The exhibition recognizes the talents, creativity and innovation of students who receive high quality arts education instruction as part of their academic experience in school. It represents art by some of Ohio’s finest high school artists.​​

The biennial show is displayed in the Statehouse walkway that connects the Riffe Center to the Statehouse in Columbus. This is the same passage legislators take to and from their offices every day. It is a fantastic opportunity to showcase the great work of our art students to their representatives in state government.


<The Ohio House of Representatives High School Art Exhibition 2020-22>



Riffe Gallery Hours:
April 30 - July 8, 2022
Tues. – Fri. 
Noon - 5 p.m.

Hours subject to change based on CDC and state guidelines.

Closed for all state holidays.

Closed July 4, Sept. 5

All programming remains free and online unless otherwise noted.

Please prepare to follow all Vern Riffe Center for Government & the Arts guidelines for masks and social distancing. 

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