When The Kansas African American Museum reopened June 2, they knew it was important to open with an exhibit that would draw the public back beyond virtual programming. “Shades of Strength & Beauty,” is an exhibit that is doing just that.

The curated exhibit highlights the work of 20 Kansas female artist of color. The artists – young, old, Black and Brown – are as diverse as their work of paintings, photography, woodwork and pottery.

Participating artists include: Samella Lewis and Elizabeth Catlett, pieces in this exhibit from these nationally acclaimed artists are from the museum’s permanent collection; local art heroes Janice Thacker and Verlene Mahomes; also high school students and sisters Kaylee and Kennedy Hope. Also exhibiting: Krystal Bradley, Michelle Briggs, Jianna Cousin, Rebecca Gilkey, Lily Guillen, Rachel Harris, Joanna Herman, Jaquilyn Johnson-Holder, Dominique Joiner, Briana Ladwig, Jocelyn Lechuga, Angela Rangel, Celine Sengvilay and Paris J.N. Cunningham, TKAAM’s curator. “The mix of new and aged artwork is meant to create a space for reflection on the women who inspire us with their multi-faceted fortitude and grace. I’m sure our members and visitors will delight in the originality of each effort,” Cunningham said.

TKAAM held an in-person reception on June 12 to celebrate the artists and to allow the public to gain more understanding of their experiences in creating the soulfully stunning art. The exhibit is on display through Sept. 5. The museum’s hours are:

Tues. – Fri., 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sat., noon – 4 p.m. Cost for seniors is $5, adults $6, grades K – 5 $3, and grades 6 – 12 $4.

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