Black Then, Black Now,

Black in the Middle...

In honor of Black History Month.


This exhibition will comprise both an open call to all artists and an invitational component of regional artists curated by Elgin-based artist Freddrick D. Wimms and SSSA Exhibitions Committee. In the hopes of furthering dialog in our community and about celebrating Black culture, Freddrick has put together a statement to prompt artists working in any medium for this open call:



Black Then - Black Culture was born from the darkness of slavery, but in the midst of the darkness, so many extraordinary things have risen. 

Black Now - Black Culture is celebrated across this country and across the globe - all that Black Culture is, all of its fruits are consumed by the world over. At the same time, people of Black Culture are marginalized by decades of injustice - in law, education, in wealth and in opportunity.

Black in the Middle - Black Culture is defined in the search and demand for Equality.

Black Then, Black Now, Black In the Middle…

Black Culture is as American as Apple Pie and the American Flag. It is the fabric.

Why is Black not equated with American? Why is the American Dream a dream deferred?

Black Culture was born in darkness, but so much greatness has come in spite of it. Beautiful, expressive, magical. ----------


The exhibition is open to the public February 5 - February 28 with an opening reception Friday, February 5 from 6-9pm.


Submissions must be received by January 24th, 2021 at midnight. Submissions will be limited to 3 works or less, including sets or triptychs. NO submission fees are required! No late submissions will be accepted. Artists will be notified of their acceptance by email. 


Please complete the following form to submit. Complete one form per piece of artwork - do not put multiple pieces on the same form, unless they are part of a series and are meant to be displayed as one artwork. Submissions will be limited to 3 works or less, including sets or triptychs. 


There is a NO submission fee required. Interested in becoming a SSSA member? More info available here: 


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