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Permanent and Natural  is a group show featuring hair as a form of personal expression, as cultural relic, and as artistic medium. Permanent and Natural explores the diverse contexts in which artists have incorporated the natural, malleable material that is deeply connected to individual and community identity.  

Members-Only Curator’s Talk
Friday, February 21  |  5:30 PM

Public Opening Reception
Friday, February 21  |  6:00-8:00 PM

The exhibition continues through April 18, 2020.

Featured artists in Permanent and Natural include:

Alison Braun: Seattle based photographer who captured many of the top punk rock and grunge bands while living in Los Angeles and Seattle in the 1980s and ’90s.

Sonya Clark: Multimedia artist based in Amherst, Massachusetts who integrates hair and textile design to create work dealing with themes of race and identity.

CreativeSoul Photography: Atlanta duo Kahran and Regis Bethencourt’s photography focuses primarily on children featuring elaborate costuming and hairstyles to celebrate the beauty and versatility of black hair.

Y. Malik Jalal: Atlanta based mixed media artist exhibiting painting and collage work.

James Russell May: Louisville based artist whose work is heavily influenced by ancient Greek and Christian mythologies.

Gabrielle Mayer: Southern Indiana artist who creates Victorian hair wreaths and hair art installations.

Fahamu Pecou: Atlanta based artist whose Of Crowns and Kings Barber throne installation centers the ritual, majesty, and sanctity of Black men and their hair.

Steve Spencer: Little Rock, Arkansas based painter creates work that crosses folk art with pop culture.

Alexis (Eke) Torimiro: Toronto, Ontario based illustrator influenced by traditional Japanese and Renaissance portraiture to create contemporary representations of black women.

Stacey Vest: Cincinnati based wig maker who mixes historical and contemporary styles in her creations, very popular in drag culture.


Artists featured in above image (L to R): Stacey Vest, Alison Braun, Sonya Clark, James Russell May, and Steve Spencer.


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