Art On The Vine’s Fifth Edition to Feature Black Female Artists

Washington, DC, July 11, 2019 — – Exhibit features 18 Black female artists from across the country, showcasing up-and-coming visual artists working in various disciplines.

– The Guest Curator for Art on the Vine’s Special Projects this year is Niama Safia Sandy, a New York-based cultural anthropologist, curator, musician and essayist.

– Savage-Lewis Artist Residents, Tsedaye Makonnen, a multidisciplinary artist who exhibits internationally and Ayana Evans to present new collaborative works completed on the Vineyard during their stay this summer.

– Opening reception features BVLGARI Jewelry, to be worn by Art On The Vine Host Committee.

To download the full press release and access AOTV artist bios, click here. For more information and to reserve a spot, visit http://www.artonthevinemv.com.

Art on the Vine (AOTV) is pleased to announce the selection of 18 Black female artists for the event’s fifth year. Art on the Vine presented by The Agora Culture is a three-day art exhibition highlighting contemporary multicultural artists and educational panels for new and seasoned collectors. The exhibition takes place at the distinguished Dr. Fisher House and Old Whaling Church in Edgartown, MA from Saturday, August 10th – Wednesday, August 14th.

Since its inception in 2015, several thousand have attended Art on the Vine (AOTV) to consider the works of over 40 contemporary multicultural artists who have gone on to exhibit and be acquired globally and major encyclopedic institutions including: The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The Whitney Museum of American Art, LA County Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture and The Studio Museum in Harlem.

“We are thrilled to shine a light on Black female artists this year who continue to influence and lead cultural conversations, but who often don’t receive the recognition and attention their art deserves,” said Jessica Stafford-Davis, Founder of Art on the Vine and The Agora Culture. “This is a critical opportunity for artists on the rise to meet collectors, enthusiasts, respected art critics and the culturally curious who come together annually for the love of art.”

Art on the Vine is one of the first major multicultural events that focuses solely on emerging and mid-career African-American artists and brings together art appreciators, collectors, up-and-coming artists, institutions, and the merely curious for this cultural explosion. This event introduces attendees to the next wave of important artists and provides access to their artwork before it becomes out of reach. Special guests and program highlights are noted below.

Niama Safia Sandy, Guest Curator for Art on the Vine’s Special Projects
The 2019 Guest Curator for Art on the Vine’s Special Projects is Niama Safia Sandy, a New York-based cultural anthropologist, curator, musician and essayist. Niama has convened programs, panels, led discussions, and presented papers at the Museum of the City of New York, Prizm Art Fair, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Creative Time Summit, Harvard University, Oberlin College, and Rhode Island School of Design.

The Convening
August 12, 2019 at 10 am

AOTV released a call for papers, presentations and panels relating to Black women in art and the spaces that they occupy. Authors of accepted papers will present their work during the Convening on Monday, August 12, 2019. Submissions are from artists, curators, academics, social justice workers, among others.

Savage-Lewis Artist Residency

The Savage-Lewis Artist Residency, inspired by the collaborative nature of artists Augusta Savage and Noman Lewis' time on Martha’s Vineyard supports two artists of color from distinct practices who will work both separately and collaboratively to create new artwork that will be featured at Art on the Vine’s fifth annual exhibition. This year’s artists are Tsedaye Makonnen, a multidisciplinary artist who exhibits internationally and Ayana Evans, a NYC based performance artist.

Admission to Art on the Vine is free. An optional donation to support the Savage-Lewis Residency Program is welcome and 100% tax deductible through the Art on the Vine Foundation. 2019 Art on the Vine sponsors include BVLGARI Jewelry, Tequila Avión, and Total Wine and More.

For more information and to reserve a spot, visit http://www.artonthevinemv.com.

For media credentials please contact Mercy Chikowore at [email protected] or 803.347.6905.

About Art on the Vine
Art on the Vine is one of the first major multicultural events that focuses solely on emerging and mid-career African-American artists and brings together art appreciators, collectors, up-and-coming artists, institutions, and the merely curious for this cultural explosion. This event introduces attendees to the next wave of important artists and provides access to their artwork before it becomes out of reach. Art on the Vine is a nonprofit subsidiary of The Agora Culture. Art on the Vine’s mission is to educate and showcase a diverse array of artists through a four-week residency program and annual art exhibition in Martha’s Vineyard.

About the Agora Culture
The Agora Culture is a national online multicultural arts platform that connects new and seasoned art collectors with contemporary visual artists. Established in 2013, the Agora Culture focuses on producing exhibitions, art dinners, salons and educational workshops for collectors at all levels.

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