Celebrating Our Cultural Giants & Ancestors

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CHICAGO – The South Side Community Art Center (SSCAC) exhibit “Celebrating Our Cultural Giants & Ancestors”, opened on Saturday, February 11. This first show of the 2017 SSCAC Exhibition Season celebrates artistic visionaries and illustrates the continuum of their influence on today’s artist. The Exhibit continues through April 15.

More than 200 people attended the opening reception, which was a visual journey depicted through photographs, portraits, mixed media, oil on linen, assemblage, collage, and acrylic on wood. The 47 works of art included in “Celebrating Our Cultural Giants & Ancestors were created by 29 Chicago-based artists, and curated by artist Dorian Sylvain, under the direction of SSCAC Executive Director, Maséqua Myers.

“The exhibit commemorates the many cultural Heroes and Sheroes, who have built bridges, platforms, institutions, art forms and styles,” says Myers. “The cultural ripple effect created by the likes of Duke Ellington, Tupac, Angela Davis, AfriCOBRA, continues to influence today’s artists, manifesting itself in many art forms.”

The exhibit and related events, including ‘Artists Talks’ unites SSCAC visitors, members, potential donors and funders directly with the Center’s artists, in an insightful and engaging exchange allowing attendees to garner knowledge that may inspire them to start or expand their art collection. “The South Side Community Art Center is a cultural gem on the south side”, said Development Director Anita Muhammad. “Exhibits like this show the intrinsic value of continuing to support this 75-year-old institution, and we welcome the public and encourage them to experience this incredible exhibition.”

Admission to “Celebrating Our Cultural Giants & Ancestors” is free, and made possible in part by generous funding from the Alphawood Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Richard Driehaus Foundation, Joyce Foundation, The Monarch Awards Foundation and Chicago Community Trust. The exhibit runs until Saturday, April 15th, 2017. For additional information contact SSCAC at 773-373-1026. Visit their website at “www.sscartcenter.org” or connect via Facebook at “facebook.com/pages/South-Side-Community-Art-Center”, Twitter at “twitter.com/sscartcenter” or Instagram at “#southsidecommunityartcenter”.

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