Jason Patterson Artist Talk and Virtual Exhibit Opening Reception
Please join us for this highly anticipated virtual exhibit launch and artist talk presented by Starr Center Frederick Douglass Visiting Fellow and Kohl Gallery exhibiting artist, Jason Patterson. This important exhibition titled, On the Black History of Kent County and Washington College, by Jason Patterson is the culmination of 2 years of work Patterson has completed during his Frederick Douglass Fellowship, and the result of a year-long collaboration between Patterson, Kohl Gallery, and The Starr Center. The project was additionally awarded a 2020 Chesapeake Heartland Staff/Faculty Fellowship. The virtual exhibit will be featured on the Chesapeake Heartland website and will be unveiled at this event. Patterson’s artist talk is supported by a Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Speaker grant. The exhibit, talk, and associated events are supported by a Chesapeake Heartland Fellowship and organized by Kohl Gallery.
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Patterson’s work focuses on African American history and highlights the role the past has in cultivating our current political and social conditions in the United States. Patterson’s practice is research-based, with the majority of his studio time dedicated to that research to ensure that the historical and social narratives presented are well represented. This exhibit presents a curated chronology of African American experience in Kent County and at Washington College, from the late 18th Century up to the present. While it looks critically at histories of enslavement, white supremacy and racial injustice as related to the college, town, and county, it also celebrates achievements of Washington College students and African American Kent county community leaders and activists. The project confronts and contemplates far-reaching implications of important issues head on, tackling subjects such as systemic racism, education, healthcare, and voting rights.
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