Syracuse’s Black Artist Collective is on a mission to influence change through artistry and historical context in its latest exhibition Paired Pieces beginning with a reception on July 6 at 6 p.m. at the Community Library of Dewitt and Jamesville.

The exhibition will showcase commissioned works created by eight local artists, from professional to student artists. The event includes the opening of the exhibition in conjunction with a reception and artists’ panel. It is free and open to the public.

The artworks focus on the communal efforts of addressing the challenges of the aftermath of the decimation of the 15th Ward, and urban renewal plans in predominantly Black and Brown communities in Syracuse.

Paired Pieces will include works by local professional artists and BAC members: Martikah Williams, Jaleel Campbell, Kofi Antwi, Brandan Meyer, and high school students: Charles DeShields, junior at Fayetteville-Manlius High School; Janiah Shadreem, senior at  Institute of Technology at Syracuse Central; Sahara Burgos, junior at Nottingham High School; and Selaci Butoto, junior at Nottingham High School.

Sahara Burgos, Welcome to Sparky’s, 2023. Photo courtesy, Cjala Surratt, BAC co-founder.

BAC is comprised of regional artists whose goal is to provide professional development opportunities for artists throughout Central New York.

The Paired Pieces exhibit’s homebase will be at the Community Library of Dewitt and Jamesville, and it will run through Aug. 30. The exhibit is then set to tour multiple locations throughout Syracuse for one year.


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