The Art of Blackness is an annual group art exhibition that was born out of an over-arching sentiment of lack of equal access to opportunity, support and in some cases a lack of optimism in the African American art and design community. The exhibition allows for a meeting of the minds between African American artists and design professionals and its primary focus is to provide these artists with both an avenue of expression and an introduction to potential patrons and resources.
Additionally, entry level designers and design hopefuls were given the opportunity to gain valuable experience in branding by helping to craft the 2015 exhibitions promotional efforts.
In contrast to last years exhibition, the design for the 2015 exhibition featured black and white portraits of participating artists (shot by David Geary) expressive ink strokes and hand-drawn typography. Finally, the look and feel was carried consistently through event signage, attendee give aways, email communication and viral/social promotion.
Production of event signage was graciously contributed by the staff at Harrington College of design’s print studio with additional sponsorship support from Creative Circle (www.creativecircle.com), 70kft (www.70kft.com), Project Osmosis (www.projectosmosis.org)and AIGA Chicago (www.aigachicago.org)
LaShun F. Tines – Creative Direction/Design
Connie Harvey – Creative Direction
Perrin Stamatis – Production Management/Installation
David Geary – Photography
Johari Huggins – Typography
Marcus McCoy – Design
Alan Davis – Design