The Center for Black Culture Gallery with Nick Guzzo’s photographs on display. Photo credit: Lynn Clouser.
Drexel University’s Center for Black Culture (CBC), in partnership with the Drexel Founding Collection, the University’s new flagship art collection, has opened the Center for Black Culture Gallery on the first floor of the Rush Building to showcase the artwork of Drexel students, faculty, and professional staff as well as the surrounding communities. The University’s new art space offers the opportunity to expand visitors’ knowledge of talented and diverse artists both on and off campus. The gallery officially opened in fall 2021 and will offer a program of rotating exhibitions throughout the year.
The first exhibition was It was yesterday May 30, 2020, by Nick Guzzo, a self-taught amateur photographer from Philadelphia who began using his interest in photography to deal with anxiety after his military career. On May 30, 2020, during protests in Philadelphia against unjust killings of black people, Nick used his art to capture the outrage he knew most people, especially the black community, were experiencing. His photographs show the raw emotions and frustration felt by protesters that day and the reality of what happened. These nine photographs were purchased by The Founding Collection (formerly The Drexel Collection), with a portion of each purchase going to The Philadelphia School District Fund.
In addition to the revolving gallery space, photographs and artwork are exhibited throughout the Center for Black Culture to portray the experiences, beauty, and contributions of Black people to music, athletics, and culture. Philadelphia. Artists with exhibits include renowned local photographers Walter Iooss, Jr.; Larry Finck, Shawn Theodore, and Roberta Gruber of Drexel, associate professor at Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design. These pieces were selected from the collections of the founding collection, initially donated by Albert Lord IIIBS business administration ’89, founder and CEO of Lexerd Capital Management LLC, in 2017, 2019 and 2020, as well as those purchased by the Founding Collection in 2021 and 2022.
Keep an eye out for new artwork purchased for the CBC and on loan from the Founding Collection that will continue to rotate through the Centre. The exhibits are available online through the Founder’s Collection and will soon be available on the CBC webpage. If you are interested in exhibiting artwork in the CBC Gallery or assisting with the installation and interpretation of any of the artwork, please contact Founding Collection Director Lynn Waddell at [email protected]
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