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“Good Negroes” Exhibit Showing at STLCC-Wildwood Gallery

October 13, 2015

Wildwood art exhibit  

A new art exhibit, “Good Negroes,” will be on display Oct. 12-Nov. 6 at St. Louis Community College-Wildwood’s Gallery of Contemporary Art.

The exhibit is curated by Terrell Carter, and it features his artwork, as well as pieces by Denise Ward-Brown, Sean Frye and Najjar Abdul-Musawwir. The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, features illustrations, paintings and photographs. 

According to the artists, the exhibit aims to spur more open and honest dialogue about happiness and what it means for black people in this region to be happy.

“During the past year, the St. Louis region has become one of the national examples of racial and social dysfunction,” Carter said. “During discussions about the place of race in St. Louis, the question, ‘Why can’t black people just be happy?’ inevitably comes up. Through this exhibit, we hope to address what happiness looks like, whether it is found through participation in protests or following the unwritten rules not to make social or cultural waves.”

The Gallery of Contemporary Art is located on the third floor of STLCC-Wildwood, 2645 Generations Drive. Gallery hours are 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday, and 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday.

About the Artists

Terrell Carter is an adjunct instructor at STLCC and a former St. Louis City police officer. In addition to being a visual artist, he is a writer whose work explores the relationships and interactions of African-Americans and police officers. He earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Arts Management and Leadership from Webster University.

Denise Ward-Brown is an associate professor at the Sam Fox School of Art at Washington University, a filmmaker and an internationally exhibited sculptor whose art frequently explores African and African-American themes and history. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Sculpture at Howard University.

Sean Frye is an adjunct instructor at STLCC. His work explores both fine art and graphic illustration. The subject matter varies, but the content is pulled from different social, political and personal oddities. His artwork is meant to show distinctive planes of existence. He earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Painting and Sculpture from Fontbonne University.

Najjar Abdul-Musawwir is an internationally acknowledged artist who has exhibited throughout the United States, Africa, Asia and Europe. He works as an associate professor of studio arts and art history at the School of Art and Design and Africana Studies at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. His works illustrate culture, faith and history through abstract language, and he uses different materials as a metaphor for the human experience. He earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from SIU-C.

For more information about the artists, or to purchase the artwork featured in this exhibit, contact Terrell Carter at terrellcarter@msn.com.