What is Project 25?
Project 25 is a brand new art gallery and artist workspace in the heart of Midtown Sacramento, providing an affordable and collaborative opportunity for emerging artists to create and showcase their talents.
Project 25 acts as a catalyst for collaboration, providing a platform for mentorship with established local artists, and increases visibility through public and private events offering the community the chance to support rising Sacramento talent.
CREATE & DISPLAY
LOCAL ARTIST BRINGS LEGENDARY ART EXHIBITION TO SACRAMENTO
PROJECT 25 honoring the talents and legacy of black artists
SACRAMENTO, June 1, 2021
PROJECT 25 will host an exhibition, “Black Artists on Art: The Liberation Exhibit,” featuring a mix of iconic and contemporary African American fine artists, such as Elizabeth Catlett, Jacob Lawrence, Charles White, and Dr. Samella Lewis — America’s leading historian of black fine art.
The exhibition is based on the Black Artists on Art (BAOA) book series first created by Dr. Samella Lewis and Ruth G. Waddy, which cataloged over 150 actively producing black fine artists often overlooked by mainstream museums, galleries, and fine art institutions. The revolutionary book series was an instant success and sold thousands of copies in its first three years.
This iteration of the BAOA exhibit at PROJECT 25 will showcase the art and lives of these legendary and contemporary artists and is part of a partnership with Juneteenth Sacramento to unite local cultural institutions in Sacramento to educate, inspire and celebrate Black art, culture, and heritage leading into the Juneteenth holiday.
Dr. Lewis’s grandson and local Sacramento artist, Unity Lewis, and collaborator Trevor Parham initially created a traveling exhibition of the works in 2015 and united artists from the original Black Artists on Art books with contemporary artists, resulting in an intergenerational display of black fine art. It also served as a campaign launch to recruit over 500 new black artists for upcoming volumes of Black Artists on Art.
“More than 40 years after the release of Black Artists on Art, this exhibit has been created to preserve the legacy of my grandmother and elevate the continued importance and growth of the Black Arts Movement (BAM),” said Unity Lewis. “This is a rare opportunity for Sacramentans to see the work of these incredible artists.”
The exhibition will be held at PROJECT 25 at 1017 25th Street throughout June with a soft opening on Saturday, June 5th, followed by a gallery show and reception honoring the Juneteenth Holiday on Saturday, June 19th, from 2:00 – 7:00 pm.
For more information or to schedule an interview with Unity Lewis, please contact PROJECT 25 via email.