The Black Deaf Art Period exhibit opened on February 23, and will remain open until April 3. One-hundred forty-seven works of art and poetry by several renowned Black Deaf Artists are on display in the Linda K. Jordan Gallery at Washburn Arts Center. Alumnus Clifford Earl Terry, ’10 & G-’18, curated this exhibit under the auspices of the Center for Black Deaf Studies.

Shayana Ellsberry stands by two of her pieces in the Black Deaf Art Period exhibition and explains what inspired her to paint them.

Over 100 people attended the opening reception, emceed by Evon J. Black, ’87 & G-’96, associate director of the Center for Black Deaf Studies. President Cordano, Interim Provost Jeffrey W. Lewis, ’76, and Dr. Carolyn D. McCaskill, ’77, G-’79, & PhD ‘05, founding director of the Center for Black Deaf Studies, welcomed guests and expressed their appreciation for the work that went into making the exhibit possible. Jamar Higgins catered the event, with cookies, cupcakes, and homemade fruit punch.

Among the Black Deaf artists featured in the exhibit are KDES and MSSD graduate Willie Price, Shanaya Ellsberry, Rosalyn Watson, ’19; Roy Ricci, ‘03; Jannifer Williams, Fred Beam, and Awet Moges, and poets Camisha Jones and Kristi Merriweather. The exhibit also includes work by the late Hilary Allumaga, ’08 & G-’15, as well as pieces on loan from the Gallaudet University Archives and private collections.

Art and Digital Media faculty Johnston Grindstaff, ’87 & G-’91, and Manuel “Mava” Vasquez, ’06, supported Terry in mounting this historic exhibit, with assistance from Leslie Southwell, E-’03.

The exhibit is open to the public Monday and Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon and 2 to 4 p.m., and Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Whit Jackson and Amelia Palmer performing Kristi’s Merriweather’s poem in Black ASL

ABC News correspondent Kyra Phillips interviewed Dr. McCaskill, Earl Terry, and Willie Price for a story that aired on February 28. Watch the ABC News story. 

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