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

February 2019

Meet and Create

Manhattan--Time and Venue to be Announced

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February 2019

Meet and Create

Join us for an afternoon of socializing and crafting, along with tasty treats. Expand your network while having fun! Stay tuned for more info!

Manhattan--Time and Venue to be Announced

March 2019

An Arts and Jazz Jam

Manhattan--Time and Venue to be Announced

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March 2019

An Arts and Jazz Jam

Join us for our first fundraiser of the year. June 15th marks our 16th Anniversary for Visual Arts and Jazz fest and your support is greatly appreciated. Funds will be raised to continue our arts and education programs

Manhattan--Time and Venue to be Announced

Contact Me

Get in Touch!

Looking for fun art activities?

Are you planning a special event? Are you looking for art activities to do as a group or to promote your business? Send me a message about your plans, and I will get back to you soon! Thank you!

Gwen Black Arts

(212) 665-5313