Inclusion in Art is dedicated to promoting racial and cultural diversity in Oklahoma’s visual arts community through exhibitions, workshops, creative projects and lectures.

Inclusion in Art continues to support artists of color by connecting communities through socially conscious presentations that challenge the mind and embrace progressive thought.

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Inclusion in Art – Spirit of Color

Spirit of Color is an expression of identity and culture through the arts. It is supporting and advocating for diverse groups of artists and making a place for their unique perspectives. It is challenging the norm and having the courage to be true to one’s self. It is the culmination and celebration of the artistic careers of artists Mary Ann Moore, Edward Grady, Marty Avrett, Wallace Owens, Corazon Watkins, Rose and Melvin Smith, Michi Susan and Al Bostick. Hosted by the Oklahoma Hall of Fame at the Gaylord-Pickens Museum.

This exhibition is an overdue honor for many artists of color in Oklahoma who, despite the difficulties minorities have experienced in our state’s history, paved the way for younger generations. Spirit of Color showcases works by nine prolific artists of color living in Oklahoma, whom we wish to honor for their long-standing commitment to the arts, community, sacrifice, and achievements. These individuals have participated in our communities as educators, curators and outstanding practicing artists, finding national and international success.

Inclusive practices and initiatives promoting diversity were not always welcomed in our communities and the same can be said for Oklahoma’s growing and thriving arts community. Our hope is that this exhibit will not only educate but also inspire all Oklahoma artists to continue making art.

Special thanks to our presenting sponsor Fowler Automotive.

Inclusion in Art is a non-profit visual arts organization dedicated to promoting racial and cultural diversity in Oklahoma’s visual arts community, through exhibitions, workshops, creative projects and lectures. With an emphasis on collaboration, Inclusion in Art seeks to continue supporting artists of color by connecting communities through socially conscious presentations that challenge the mind and embrace progressive thought.

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About Inclusion In Art

Inclusion In Art is dedicated to promoting racial and cultural diversity in Oklahoma’s visual arts community. Through exhibitions, workshops, creative projects and lectures, Inclusion in Art continues to support artists of color find the resources available to assist them with their artistic endeavors.

Formed in 2004, Inclusion in Art has been responsible for renewed interest in art coming from the minority creative class, the creation of the first database of contemporary artists of color living in Oklahoma, and it has been recognized as one of the most successful initiatives dedicated to racial diversity in Oklahoma arts.

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ExhibITion: Observation Of Surface

ExhibITion: Observation of Surface featuring artwork by Bryon Perdue Jr.

The gallery is free to attend. For a $5 donation to Inclusion In Art, guests can enjoy light hors-d’oeuvres, complimentary wine and Anthem Brewing Company, LLC beer (21+). All ticket sales and 10% of art sales will go to Inclusion in Art. Register by emailing exhibition@amshot.com.

  • Thursday, January 23, 2020
  • 4:30 – 8:00 pm
  • 428 Dean A McGee Ave
  • Oklahoma City

Bryon Perdue Jr is a Native American mixed-media artist out of Oklahoma City who creates nonrepresentational work based on his interests in science. He graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2013 with his BFA in Studio Art. He currently serves as the president of the nonprofit group Inclusion In Art, where he works to encourage and promote diversity in the Oklahoma visual arts community. Through his efforts with Inclusion In Art, he has curated exhibitions in spaces such as Oklahoma Contemporary and has participated as a mentor to emerging artists. In his individual pursuits, he has had projects funded by Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition and received “Honorable Mention” in the national juried exhibition, First Nations Biennial 2018, at the Tubac Center of the Arts in Arizona.

For more information, please visit amshot.com/exhibition.