Celebrate Black History Month at Roberta’s Art Gallery

Editor’s note: The following press release was received from Roberta’s Art Gallery.


 Celebrate Black History Month at Roberta’s Art Gallery with “Embodiment of Ebony: A Fusion of Art & Expression,” by UW-Whitewater’s Leaders Igniting Transformation (LIT) student organization. This exhibit, expressing Black nostalgia and important art influences in music, hair, art, and literature, opens Feb. 15 and will be on display until March 20. 

LIT is a Black and Brown-led independent nonprofit organization that aims to strengthen young minds by developing independent leadership skills to address social, racial, and economic justice. LIT engages in values-based issues, leadership development, public policy advocacy, electoral organizing, and direct action. Their exhibit, “Embodiment of Ebony: A Fusion of Art & Expression,” is a comprehensive exploration of a curated selection of influential Black artists, musicians, poets, and writers whose profound contributions have significantly shaped Black and mainstream culture. “We hope that each visitor can fully immerse themselves in this enriching and thought-provoking experience and marvel at the diverse facets of Black culture presented before them,” says LIT President Honey Cawthorn. “We want viewers to understand the strength of the African American community.” Beyond art, “Embodiment of Ebony: A Fusion of Art & Expression” will also feature a special presentation on Black hair experiences, incorporating a dedicated Black hair salon.

The reception will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 27, from 6 to 8 p.m. where UW-Whitewater alumnus DeLon Blanks and current UW-Whitewater student and Barber Lee Barnes Jr. will join the audience in a panel discussion and Q&A surrounding Black culture and experience. The open house will begin at 7 p.m. and will include samples of Black inspired soul food.

Roberta’s Art Gallery is located on the first floor of the James R. Connor University Center at 190 Hamilton Green Way, Whitewater, Wis. The gallery collaborates with campus departments, student organizations, and community artists in coordinating and sponsoring exhibits. Roberta’s Art Gallery is open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Thursday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday. Roberta’s Art Gallery is closed on Saturday and Sunday.

At Roberta’s Art Gallery, we pride ourselves in providing free and open exhibits to the public, and attending certain events can earn students class credit. If you are interested in being featured in the gallery, please contact us for a proposal request. Reach us at ucart@uww.edu or 262-472-3193. Visit our website for any questions or inquiries, and follow our Instagram @uww_rag. 


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