Yet Still We Rise: African American Art in Cleveland and Columbus 1920-1970 is the region’s first comprehensive presentation of the African American visual art heritage of Cleveland and Columbus. The exhibition is a showcase of art and artists during a period of significant change in the lives of African American people and helps fill a gap in the history of art in Ohio. The work of more than 30 African American artists will be on view and will feature more than 60 works including photographs, paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture and stained glass. The works were selected from collections at Cleveland State University, Karamu House, Cleveland Artists Foundation and other public and private collections. Originally organized by Cleveland Artists Foundation with the support of Cleveland State University, the exhibition’s Columbus component is curated by David Barker, former gallery owner and director of administration at the Greater Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Featured artists include William Agnew, Edith Brown, Elmer W. Brown, James Brown, Malcom M. Brown, George Bryant, Andrew and Lewis Chesnutt, Fred Carlo, Allen E. Cole, Ed Colston, William Crawford, Matthew Dunlop, James Gayle, Harold Louis Golden, William Hawkins, Calvin Ingram, Zell Ingram, Roman Johnson, Kojo Kamau, Benji Kosh, Hughie Lee-Smith, Virgie Patton-Ezelle, Clarence Perkins, Elijah Pierce, Charles Pinkney, Douglas Phillips , Marion M. Richardson, Aminah Robinson, Charles L. Sallee Jr., William E. Smith, Robert J. Stull, Curtis Tann, Ernest William Trotter, Henry Williamson, and W. Hal Workman.