New Art Exhibition at Art Works Downtown: Art of the African Diaspora February 9- March 8

Art of the African Diaspora

February 9–March 8, 2024
February 9, 5–8pm: Reception and Art Walk
March 8, 5–8pm: Reception and Art Walk

Featuring the photography of
Asual Aswad, Duane Conliffe, Jim Dennis, Zhané GayByrd

Art of the African Diaspora is the longest running event of its kind in the Bay Area. For 26 years it has supported hundreds of artists of African descent through representation, professional development and building a creative community.

In 2023, over 130 artists showcased their work at the Richmond Art Center, as well as in open studios and satellite exhibitions at over thirty different venues across the Bay Area.

Art of the African Diaspora originated from a salon for African American artists known as Colors of Black that was organized in 1989 by artist and professor Marie Johnson Calloway. In 1996 artists Jan Hart-Schuyers and Rae Louise Hayward, influenced by Calloway, established the exhibition The Art of Living Black at the Richmond Art Center. After the deaths of Hart-Schuyers and Hayward, organizing efforts were carried on for many years by their families. Today, with a new name to reflect a new era, Art of the African Diaspora is organized by a steering committee of participating artists.