Gwen Black

"Art is a Celebration of People, Places, Culture and Moments in Time" 

About Me

My Beginnings

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At a very young age, I have always been in love with drawing and coloring. My favorite past time was to collect paper dolls and mix and match their clothes-- ironically years later I began my career as a Fashion Illustrator. As a graduate of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), I  have merged both fine art, fashion and music in my work.  My father was an aspiring musician, so I am deeply inspired by Jazz music and it has been a constant theme in my work. I believe art and music can make a difference in our lives and has the power to heal! 

Curator

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Over the past 25 plus years, I have had the opportunity to present art in a variety of spaces. As a curator, I tell a story and share with audiences works of art that I hope will inspire and excite them.  Through my work as a curator,  I have had the opportunity to meet new people, make new friends and work with artists of diverse backgrounds.   #UpliftingThroughTheArts 

Educator

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As an educator, teaching artist and co-founder of IAM (Incorporation of Artists on the Move, Inc), I have been blessed to work throughout our community working with youths, seniors, and especially persons with disabilities. It brings me joy to see people get inspired to create and discover their own talents too! Art and music makes a difference in our lives, bridges our communities and alows us to see the world around us! #ArtIsTimeWellSpent #SaveOurSons #SaveOurDaughters

Video

Check out my interview at the Dominican Cultural Center (Latin Jazz Legends Exhibition)

Acknowledgements

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With Former Congressman Charlie Rangel

Holding a copy of the complimentary copy of President Barack Obama's Arts and Humanities Proclamation

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Proclamation from Former Manhattan Borough PresidentScott Stringer

One of several proclamations received from the Manhattan Borough President for Visual Arts and Jazzfest

Upcoming Events

June 14th 2019

Visual Arts and Jazz Day(tm) 2019

10 am - 4:00 pm

Denny Farrell Riverbank Park @ 145h St. Harlem

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June 14th 2019

Visual Arts and Jazz Day(tm) 2019

Join us for Visual Arts and Jazz Day(tm)  a community celebration of visual arts and jazz with guest musicians and artists including Eddie Allen, Alethia Brown, Michael Chamblee, Lafayette Harris, James Gethers and special guests. Join us for arts and crafts, music, and other fun activities. 

10 am - 4:00 pm

Denny Farrell Riverbank Park @ 145h St. Harlem

June 15th 2019

A Harlem Pre-Father's Day Tribute to Pianist/Composer Randy Weston

5 pm - 8 pm

Denny Farrell Riverbank Park@145th St. Harlem

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June 15th 2019

A Harlem Pre-Father's Day Tribute to Pianist/Composer Randy Weston

Join us for a photo and art exhibition along with a performance celebrating the life and music of International Cultural Icon Randy Weston. Special guests: the Neil Clarke Trio with T.K. Blue, Alex Lane, and Sharpe Radway along with the VAJF Jam Masters(tm) with Emme Kemp, Lafayette Harris, Eddie Allen, and other guests

5 pm - 8 pm

Denny Farrell Riverbank Park@145th St. Harlem

Contact Me

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Gwen Black Arts

(212) 665-5313