Photo by Chiamaka Nwolisa
Clark County Public Art is proud to introduce “Representation Matters,” a Black History Month exhibition focusing on identity through portraiture. A free and open public reception will be held on Friday, February 11, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Clark County Government Center Rotunda Gallery located at 500 S Grand Central Parkway near Charleston Boulevard and the I-15 freeway. Works by 18 local artists of varied backgrounds and ages will display their experiences and perceptions of what it means to be a member of the Black community or a Black individual. “Representation Matters” will be on display through Thursday, March 3.
“Art transcends time. It displays the struggle, the triumph and oftentimes, can predict the future,” said Commissioner McCurdy. “It is imperative that we have representation in every facet of our lives. It’s an honor to display, view, and appreciate these pieces from such artistic community members.”
The show has been juried by Q'shaundra James, a Las Vegas artist who graduated with her BFA from UNLV in 2016. Q'shaundra explores the historical portrayals of black figures through portraiture and the concept of "The Veil," which has obscured African American self-perception. Her portraits evoke struggles with cultural viewpoints, objectification, and identity.
Selected artists from youth, amateur, and experienced levels include Nalanie Applegate, X Darvianna, Dray, Nancy Erskine, Shereene Fogenay, Jazmine Harris, Ron Harris III, Abigail Holguin, Jalen Jones, Allura Lopez, Saundra Lyle, Matthew Maffatt, Ralph Megginson III, Kenneth Ruffin, Chelsea Rust, Chloe Stine, Janai Thomas, and Kerric Thomas.
Clark County Public Art’s mission is to promote, encourage and connect the community with culture and public art around the valley. More information about the program can be found on the website. The Clark County Public Arts Program can also be found on Facebook and Instagram @CCPublicArts.