The Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut opens Color Blind art exhibit

The Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut is hosting an online art exhibit of monochromatic works that show the struggle of a society that is decidedly not “color blind” when it comes to racial struggle.

Artists were asked to express through a colorless lens the symbols of liberation, resistance or empowerment that offer a visually compelling account of the breadth of experiences and struggles that affect people of color.

Artist and teacher Lisa D’Amico, who has worked as an independent curator for the past 15 years, curated the show.

“Color Blind art exhibit has removed color to explore the issues surrounding color,” D’Amico said. “The artists’ control of color and imagery create impactful stories about equality and the value of life. Symbols of liberation, resistance or empowerment offer visually compelling accounts of the breadth of experiences and struggle that define the lives of many people of color.”

“Color Blind” opens at 5:30 p.m. on May 14 with an online event to engage in discussion with works of art at the heart of conversation. The art exhibit will remain on view through Aug. 27 on the Cultural Alliance’s website. Registration is needed to attend the opening and can be accessed at http://bit.ly/CAcolorblind. Click or tap if you trust this link.">http://bit.ly/CAcolorblind.

Artists from Connecticut, New York and New Jersey are included in the exhibit, noted Cultural Alliance Executive Director Lisa Scails.

“Our online gallery environment offers greater access to programs so artists and supporters in neighboring cities can participate,” Scails said. “And we’re pleased that they are!”

The artists include:

From Connecticut

Jennifer DiLaura of Ridgefield, Francie Grace of Wilton, Elizabeth Hasegawa Agresta of Cos Cob, Denise Minnerly of Norwalk, Meaghan Morrow of Norwalk, Keven Nelson of Danbury, Susan Nichols of Guilford, Leslie Printi of Hartford, and Retta Vadnais of Bethlehem.

From New York

Mark Allen of Tivoli, Thomas Cale of Rhinebeck, Lauren Carr of Tappan, Barbara Chen of Tappan, B Dunbar of South Salem, Alexis Duque of NYC, David Finck of Brooklyn, Trine Giaever of Piermont, Art Gunther of Blauvelt, Donald Hughes of Napanoch, Daniel Kabakoff of White Plains, Rachel Kleinman of Middletown, Lynne Lederman of Mamaroneck, Carla Lobmier of Jackson Heights, Tali Margolin of Brooklyn, Cari Marvelli of Kingston, Barbara Masterson of Milton, Elizabeth Rakhilkina of NYC, Elizabeth Rakhilkina, of NYC, Aviva Sakolsky of Airmont, Debbie Silberberg of Valley Cottage, Franklin Silva of White Plains, Fred Spinowitz of New Rochelle, Bryan Tompkins of Mount Kisco, Mitchell Visoky of White Plains, and Andrew Ward of Pearl River.

From New Jersey

Afreen Fatima of North Bergen, Shraddha Pundeer of Livingston, and Cliff Tisdell of Hoboken.

The Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut is the heart of the region’s creativity to help communities connect and thrive. We are a 501(C)3 and regional service organization serving 10-towns in the Greater Danbury area. Our aspiration is to improve access and growth of arts and culture to improve quality of life and the economy. The Connecticut Office of the Arts provides major support.


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