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Black history exhibit at 20 North [Toledo]

Black history exhibit hosted at 20 North
Written by John Dorsey | | news@toledofreepress.com

During its 14 years, the 20 North Gallery’s annual Black History Month exhibit has become one of the local arts scene’s most highly regarded and anticipated events. The exhibit, along with other events such as the Toledo Museum of Art’s annual Juneteenth show, has become an integral part of the city’s celebration of history and time-honored tradition.

This year’s exhibit will feature renowned Dayton artist Willis “Bing” Davis. Davis, a professor emeritus at Central State University, has also served as the director of the Paul Robeson Cultural and Performing Arts Center and as an artist-in residence at the School of Education. In 2000, he received an honorary doctorate of human letters from Adrian College.

He has also previously served as the president of the Board of Directors of the National Conference of Artists.

His numerous private collections include those of Dr. and Mrs. William H. “Bill” Cosby Jr.; former President and Mrs. George H.W. Bush Sr.; Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr., Esq.; former South Africa President Nelson R. Mandela; former U.S. Senator John H. Glenn Jr.; and former U.S. Senator Elizabeth Dole.

“It’s been a while since I’ve last been in Toledo, but I always make it a point to visit 20 North Gallery when I’m in town. I so enjoyed my last exhibit there, and it’s always great to see the high quality of artists who show with the gallery,” Davis said.

The exhibit will also feature original works by Toledo artists Aaron S. Bivins, Wil Clay, Charles T. Gabriel Jr., Wade Harrison, Marcus Nunn, Merv Russell, Ramon R. Tiggs and John Wade III from Fort Wayne, Ind.

“I was first inspired to create this exhibit because I wanted to help show the importance of equality, particularly in the Midwest. It has helped grow our connection with the community, which is the main reason we’ve been proud to keep it going all these years,” said Gallery Artistic Director Peggy Grant.

The exhibit will open Jan. 30, and will run through March 1.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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