Monday, March 22, 2010

In case you missed it. . .

In case you missed the art show last month, my website is updated with most of my paintings from that show. Some of those pieces have been posted on this blog. Visit my website and click on the "dawn art" section. The newest work is in the first couple of rows.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

"Point and Shoot"

"Point and Shoot" oil and acrylic on canvas, 24x36 inches.

Friday, March 12, 2010

"Girl Talk: Narratives by Eight Women" in Harlem

I plan to attend this art opening tonight:

RFA Gallery will host Girl Talk: Narratives by Eight Women co-curated by Deborah Willis, photographer, author of the "Posing Beauty in African American Culture from 1890 to the Present," and M. Liz Andrews, performance artist and arts administrator.

Girl Talk is a presentation of photographs, paintings, film, jewelry and quilted pieces exploring the themes of imposed identity, beauty, tradition and self-definition. The title of the show is inspired by the song "Girl Talk" by Dakota Staton. "Her rendition of "Girl Talk" reminds us of the importance of women sharing stories and telling histories. The history of women in this nation is comprised of a multitude of stories, struggles and successes." Willis declares.

The artists include: Ifetayo Abdus-Salam, a photographer whose work prompts contemplation of the notion of power, sexuality and identity; Micaela Anaya, a painter influenced by Frida Kahlo and Salvador Dali who will feature portrait pieces with a deliberate political message; Delphine Fawundu-Buford, a photographer, will show portraits emblematic of the song Four Women by the iconic Nina Simone; Anna Maria Horsford, better known as a television and film actor, will present jewelry and adornment designs; Letitia Huckaby, a photographer and journalist, uses quilts to create intimate narratives that reflect the cultural history of African Americans; Melvina Lathan, the first female licensed Boxing Judge in New York and artist who uses fiber to create works whose subjects range from history to contemporary culture; Carla Williams, a writer and photographer who will present portraits capturing images of femininity and Kathe Sandler, an award winning independent documentary filmmaker who explores race, gender, culture, identity, and history.

Opening reception March ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­12, 2010, 6 - 9PM at the RFA Gallery, 2075 Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Blvd, Harlem, New York. Exhibition Dates: March 12-April 10, 2010.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Scholastic Art and Writing Awards Exhibition

When I was in high school, my art teachers helped me submit my artwork to the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards competition. That year, I won several Gold Key Awards and my work was sent to New York for the national competition. The achievement in the Scholastic Art Awards is one of the morsels that encouraged me to eventually pursue a career as an artist.

This year, in addition to the student winners exhibition, "a special ancillary gallery will showcase works by prominent past winners." I have been invited to show a new work in this exhibition which pays tribute to the impressive history of the Awards, from 1923 until now. The work will be installed in a storefront gallery space on the ground floor of 1 World Financial Center. The storefront space will exhibit works by illustrious past winners and include actual artifacts such as books, artworks, portraits and catalogues.

"Andy Warhol, Richard Avedon, Robert Redford, Philip Pearlstein, David Salle, Robert Indiana, Tom Otterness and Zac Posen, all won Scholastic Art Awards when they were in high school.

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is presented by The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, a nonprofit organization dedicated to both identifying teenagers with exceptional artistic and literary talent and bringing their remarkable work to a national audience."

The work will be on exhibit June 9-25, 2010 at the World Financial Center, New York, NY.

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

AfriPOP! interview: Dawn Okoro

I was recently interviewed by Nosarieme Garrick for AfriPOP! Magazine. Check it out here:

Monday, March 01, 2010

"Click Clack"

"Click Clack," oil and acrylic on canvas, 24x24 inches (@ RFA Gallery, 2075 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd New York, NY 10027)