"We Wear the Mask Again," Exhibition by Damond Howard

November 5-December 30, visit Public Works Art Center in Downtown Summerville to experience Damond Howard's powerful solo exhibition exploring race and his own identity. Free admission, 3 galleries, 12 artist studios, and so much more. Reception November 5, 5:30 pm - 8 pm.

About the Artist: The work of Award-winning artist Damond Howard has been featured in solo and group exhibitions in museums and cultural centers, including the Columbia Museum of Art and the Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC; the Crisp-Elert Art Museum in St. Augustine, FL; the I. P. Stanback Museum and Planetarium in Orangeburg, SC; the Hammonds House Museum of Art and Resource Center for African American Art in Atlanta, GA; the Arthur Rose Museum in Orangeburg, SC; the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago; University Galleries of Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton; the Wooster Art Museum in MA; and the Downtown Gallery of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. In addition, he was awarded commissions by the University of Florida in Gainesville. Damond received his Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education from the South Carolina State University and his Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art degree from the University of Florida in Gainesville. He has taught art professionally at various institutions in Higher Education, including the University of Florida, Kenyon College (OH), Benedict College (SC), South Carolina State University, and Claflin University, and in the public schools of South Carolina; including the renowned Charleston County School of the Arts, among others. He is currently a Visual Arts educator at Fort Dorchester High school.

About the Exhibition:
For the themes of my artwork, I draw from my own experiences as an African-American and native of the Deep South. I examine what it means to be African-American in the dominant society and how this shapes the imagery of self. I use the self-portraits to explore and question relationships that construct identity and subjecthood. As a black male in a largely white culture, I have been victimized by racism, but as an artist I have an opportunity to critique and revise the representations of blackness depicted in editorial cartoons, advertisements, popular culture, and even in high art -- that were all major venues for racial stereotyping of African-Americans. I analyze historical memory and make manifest the racist myths and distortions as it persists in the present moment. My works are representational, and sometimes large- scale. I magnify the impact these images have had and continue to have on history, while asking viewers to conduct new examinations of racial representation. Included in the exhibition at Public Works will be eight selections from two previous series of works, "America's Greatest Problem," Still", and "Stand Your Ground". Included also will be five new drawings; four created on 22x 30 mixed media drawing paper, and one executed on a repurposed bulletin board. The bulletin board piece will feature an ambiguous figure and designed to interact with the public in a unique way. All of the pieces in the exhibition are variations on themes referred to in my broader artist statement.

This is a weekly recurring event. This event runs every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from Nov 5, 2021 to Dec 30, 2021. Time: 10 AM to 5 PM.

November 5, 2021 - December 30, 2021

Public Works Art Center
135 West Richardson Avenue
Summerville, SC 29483

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