Black Joy: Expansive, Unfiltered, Unapologetic

Black Joy with two hand grasping each other

Black Joy: Expansive, Unfiltered, Unapologetic

The Frank W. Hale Jr., Black Cultural Center is part of a multi-venue art exhibition that basks in the joy of original art made by local Black creatives. The exhibition promotes, explores, and celebrates the beauty of pan-Africanism through art with the intention to unite and uplift the Black community. Focusing geographically on Columbus artists, the intention is to bring Black artists from the community and Ohio State into one space.

Accompanied by a panel, exhibition reception, and other interactive opportunities, Black Joy: Expansive, Unfiltered, Unapologetic will engage the students, faculty, and Columbus locals in strong discussions of upliftment. It is a way to network, promote being open-minded, and showcase pan-Africanism that has not been promoted until recently in the mainstream.

Black Joy: Expansive, Unfiltered, Unapologetic exhibition came as a response to the Art Unites Columbus at Ohio State exhibit. A display of art throughout the Ohio State campus highlighting the peaks of the Black Lives Matter protest in central Ohio through the protective plywood seen throughout Columbus's downtown. While informational and beautiful, the event focused solely on the pain which drained Black students because there is such joy in Blackness.

The Undergraduate Student Government Black Caucus - Community Relations Committee has partnered with Thompson Library, the Frank W. Hale Jr. Black Cultural Center, other OSU departments, and local artist organizations to create an exhibition space for artists to display Black joy.

The exhibit runs from August 20, 2022 through February 28, 2023.

The Hale Center is open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Be sure to stop by Thompson Library Special Collections Area to view the rest of the exhibition. Their hours are 7:30 a.m - 8:00 p.m weekdays and Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Participating Artists:

Bethani Blake (Hale Hall)
Afua Boakye-Dankwah (Thompson)
Malachi Brooks (Hale Hall)
Annie Chrissy Burley (Thompson)
Hakim Callwood (Hale Hall)
Terreece Clarke (Thompson)
Cenceir Crews (Hale Hall)
Derrick Callender (Hale Hall)
Nzuri McCree (Hale Hall)
Chika Nkwocha (Hale Hall)
Steven Thomas II (Hale Hall)
Tyani Willis (Thompson)