7th Annual HBCU Art Showcase Now On View

La’Shance Perry, Xavier University, Red House Blues, Photography, 2020

In collaboration with the New Orleans Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, Ogden Museum of Southern Art is pleased to present the 7th annual HBCU Art Showcase, a curated show of works from students attending Xavier University of Louisiana, one of the state’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

The 2020 artists are Kennedi Andrus, Allana Barefield, KaLya Ellis, Barriane Franks, Lauren Gray, Ashley A. Miller, Reid Hobson-Powell, La’Shance Perry, Michael Riley, Makeda Wells, Bryce Williams and Maliya Vaughan.

Barriane Franks, Xavier University, Chronology of Agony II: Brutality, Acrylic on canvas, 2020, 36″ x 48″

“We are so excited to partner with the New Orleans, Louisiana Chapter of The Links, Incorporated again this year to present the HBCU Art Showcase,” says Ellen Balkin, Ogden Museum Director of Education. “I am continually impressed by the talented work created by these students and the Ogden Museum is proud to host this exhibition each year.”

The 2020 HBCU Art Showcase marks the seventh year of collaboration between the Ogden Museum and the New Orleans (LA) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated. The showcase is held annually in the Museum’s Education Gallery, a designated space, which highlights and exhibits student artwork. Historically Black Colleges and Universities have been an integral part in the work towards racial equity. This collaboration continues to support this goal.

Ellen Balkin, Director of Education, and Michelle Pontiff, Education Coordinator, along with Xavier University professors of art, collaborated to select the works included in this year’s show.

Penny Francis, Chairman of The Arts Facet for the Links chapter, added “ The goal of The Arts Facet is to produce and support programs to enrich the quality of life of our youth and communities through educational and engaging art experiences while Transforming Communities, Fulfilling Our Purpose. Throughout the country, Links chapters partner with museums, symphonies, arts councils, educational institutes and corporations in order to support art programs, especially where there is a focus on artists of color. We are proud of our partnership with the Ogden Museum. We are duly impressed by the caliber of talent the students at Xavier and look forward to their continued contributions to the arts.”

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