OVERVIEW

Here, at Elsewhere, our mission is to build collaborative futures so the museum teamed up with a local artist, professor, and entrepreneur Darlene McClinton to do just that. 8 Black artists and 3 volunteers teamed up to create a visual narrative of purity, possibility, and pride.

The mural starts with a hand passing down a seed to a young Black girl and we follow her as she ages. Through her reflection, she abandons shame and is able to look back on her life without resentment. This mural blossomed from pain but it is not limited by it. The butterfly wings are proof of this. Something beautiful happens when Black people tell their stories, everybody gets inspired.

 

ARTISTS

Darlene J. McClinton is the C.E.O of The Artist Bloc @theartistbloc, LLC Arts Venue “Where Creative Minds Meet; an adjunct professor at North Carolina A&T State University and Lead Arts Integration Facilitator for Guilford County Schools; and professional muralist. Through public art, she develops collaborations and community engagement that fosters research and strategic partnerships between communities and students. As a creative community leader, Darlene is continually providing creative spaces and platforms for all artists to create and gain revenue from what they love. She also serves on various boards and committees that support her community service oriented values. These include DGI Downtown Cornerstone Art Committee, Downtown Greenway Public Arts Committee, Board member of African American Atelier, and NC A&T Alumni & Friends Visual Art Organization. Darlene J. McClinton future goals include a successful career in public art as well as a lifelong commitment to education and entrepreneurship.

“I believe that telling our stores first to ourselves and then to one another and then the world is a revolutionary act. My paintings are the physical manifestations of my emotional responses to the life I have been given. In my art Black bodies are centered and adorned with humanity and elements that may not be of this world. Afrosurrealism is the provenance of my inspiration. A notion that seeks to cultivate alternative and expanded ways of knowing and being for myself as a black person.” – Jamin “Jay Squid” Guinyard, pronouns: they/them @JaySquids

“Hi I’m Neidy. I am a freelance graphic designer and self-proclaimed aventurista. My love of travel and adventure brings a global perspective and competitive edge to my work. I believe design should be smart, simple and elegant — just clean communication. I work directly with clients and I also work with in-house groups and creative firms who need my design skills on their team.” – Neidy Perdomo, pronouns: she/her @neidy.perdomo

Karena “Kidd” Graves is a Sculptor and Collage artist. Their work consists of metal, ceramics, and found materials. They recently graduated from UNCG with a BFA in Sculpture and Ceramics. They will be continuing their art education at East Carolina University to obtain a MFA in Sculpture.
Portfolio link : @kiddkreates on Instagram

“My art is highly introspective. Almost a study of self. Using different mediums to evoke my consciousness to the viewer. Whether it be my insecurities, idealism, or activism. My mission is to have the viewer sit in their emotions the way I did during the creative process. I strive for the viewer to look beyond the actual visual being shown to them and consider the pain, passion, joy, even awkwardness behind the strokes. In doing so my biggest hope is that the viewer sees pieces of themselves in the emotions I’ve put to canvas.” – Tambra Parsons, pronouns: she/her @arbmatart

“Hey I am Quadasia “Lady Q” Prescod, a freelance multimedia artist with a BA in Visual Art & Design. My body of work is inspired by technique and the exploration of different mediums to create something amazing. I’m an artist who’s a painter, sculptor, illustrator, muralist, teacher, and all around maker! I believe my purpose is to inspire others to create and express themselves, because artists bridge the gap between what’s imaginary and what’s real.” @q_kindainspires

“My name is Xavier Carrington. I have been an artist for over 20 years. I am a Visual, Graphic and Mixed Media Artist. I also do Tattoos and Screen Printing. My focus is to inspire my community through my art. My website is www.xaviercarrington.com and my Instagram handle is @bigplayzay.”

Phillip Marsh, 2019 TEDx speaker, is Executive and Creative Director of Rockers Print Shop, a graphic and fine art firm located in Greensboro, North Carolina. Phillip, responsible for Arts Administration for RPS, is a graduate of Guilford Technical Community College where he received an Associates of Fine Art with a concentration in Visual Art and Associates in Advertising and Graphic Design. He is currently continuing his educational path at UNCG (BFA) and plans to complete his education with an MFA in Studio Art at University of Miami (FL).

Phillip can be found at rockersprintshop.com and Instagram @rockersprintshopgso

VOLUNTEERS

Jennifer Meanley

 

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