Gwen Black, Artist/Curator/Producer
There's much to see. So, take your time, look around & learn all there is to know about my work in the arts. This year I am celebrating 35 years of advocating for visual arts and jazz. Join us for our 20th Anniversary for Arts and Jazzfest NYC(tm) & our recent Jazz By The Water(tm) Concert series on Governor's Island. Below is the link to our festival site or go to www.artsandjazzfestny.com I greatly appreciate everyone who has been supporting me over the years. God Bless!!!
Check out the video below spotlighting my artwork in the exhibition Unspoken Voices--Celebrating The Legacy of Black America featuring work from my collection My Soul Sings of Freedom™ --a collection of three dimensional art that celebrates the legacy of the men, women and children who lived on the Dyckman Farmhouse in the 1800s . Their stories and lives are important and through these life size mannequins and painted masks I tell their stories so that their legacies are not forgotten. Gwen Black, Artist
Kojoe and Blossom. 3 dimensional art on mannequins; 1800 clothing sewn by Wilma Ann Sealy, Designer
Recent Exhibition: Dyckman Farmhouse Museum
In 1984 while a student at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) I created my first work of art dedicated to jazz. At this time, little did I see that this was the path to my life's journey a lifetime of advocating for visual arts & jazz music. RIP to my Dad who gave me inspiration to celebrate jazz music
Throughout my career I have enjoyed creating and sharing art along with helping others discover their own God given talents. Check out my bio and art resume along with my photo gallery. I hope you enjoy my site and for more info please feel free to drop me a line below in the contact form.
Visual Arts and Jazz Day™ 2021 Performance Video featuring great music, storytelling, a performance by the WHIN Music Community Charter School and a art demo by visual artist Elton Leonard. Enjoy!
We invite everyone to check out our 5th Annual Visual Arts and Jazz Day™, a three day community event that celebrated visual arts and jazz held on Fri. June 11th 2021 (see above video). The event features performances by Keith "The Captain" Gamble, Jazz Vocalist Terri Davis, Visual Artist Elton Leonard, Atiba Wilson & his Befoquotet Band, Puppeteer Will Abbott & Mrs. Biddie, Vocalist/Percussionist Paul Brown, with Jazzy Storytime™ by Visual Artist and Festival Founder Gwendolyn Black. Additional events will include a senior barbeque on Friday, June 11th presented by HCCI with performances by Charles Butler and the Blues Bandits with Salsa Instruction by Thabbit Iddin with a performance by Puppeteer Will Abbott & Mrs. Biddie. A Pre-Father's Day Concert at was held at Patrick's Place in Harlem (151st Street and Frederick Douglass Blvd) featuring Trumpeter Michael Young & the Soul Band, Broadway Composer/Pianist Emme Kemp and Trio with special guests vocalist LeeOlive Tucker, Rochelle Thompson, and Sophia Loren Coffee.
This event was supported by LMCC (Lower Manhattan Cultural Council) UMEZ (Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone), and the UMEZ Arts Engagement Grant. For more information call G. Black at 212.665-5313 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are happy to celebrate our 7th Annual Visual Arts and Jazz Day 2023. Sta tuned for updates on performances and park location. For sponsorship, please reach out via phone or email. THANK YOU
Are you planning a special event? Are you looking for performers for a variety show? Send me a message about your plans, and I will get back to you soon!