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Five Black Artists to Watch

These art stars are fueling the exciting creativity of The D

In the July 2011 print issue of B.L.A.C. magazine, we pay homage to ten local established artists who have been working as creative professions for 20 to 45 years. Here, we also celebrate emerging artists that are continuing the long tradition of a vibrant artists community in Detroit.

Halima Afi Cassells

I am a visual artist currently concentrating on painting, mixed media photographic collage, mural-making and community-building through the visual arts.

I have been working as an artist for more than 10 years.

A piece of my work is located on a school playground wall located on Oakland Ave. at Lynn St.
My work has been on exhibit at the Skylight Gallery and Dorsey’s Gallery, both in Brooklyn, and the Virgil Carr Cultural Arts Center in Detroit.

Detroit artists and our work can and should transform Detroit by continuing to create, collaborating with each other and valuing our work.

Jocelyn Rainey

I am an artist, professor, curator, gallery owner, dean, youth director and advocate.

I have been working as an artist for 15 years.

My work has been on exhibit at the National Conference of Artist-Michigan and New York chapters, Jackson Fine Art in D.C., Danny Simmons Corridor Gallery in Brooklyn, University of Michigan Art and Design Gallery, Dell Pryor Gallery, Cobo Hall, the Detroit Institute of Arts, Black Fine Arts Festival in New York and Atlanta and Brandywine Printmaking Workshop Gallery in Philadelphia. My work is currently on exhibit at Cobo Hall, National Conference of Artist-Michigan and Detroit Fish Market restaurant.

The work of Detroit artists transforms the city by giving us a deeper understanding of the aesthetics of art and education.

Nivek Monet

I am a muralist, mural consultant, easel painter, instructor and sculptor.

I have been working as an artist for about 15 years.

My work has been on exhibit at Café Detroit, Artist Coupe, Johanson Charles Gallery and art shows at 4731. My work is currently at St. Ambrose Parrish, the art lot for Jefferson East Business Association, Plaka Café, Crockett Vocational Center and Big City Bar & Grill.

The work of Detroit artists transforms the city by artwork that causes the viewer to get involved with their surroundings and to always have timeless creations to view.

Senghor Reid

I am a visual artist, painter and art educator.

I have been working as an artist for 12 years.

My work is currently at the Boutique: a Compuware Gallery. My work has been on exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Sherry Washington Gallery, National Conference of Artists Gallery, jRainey Gallery, G.R. N’Namdi Galleries, Dell Pryor Galleries, Work: Detroit Gallery, Oakland University Art Gallery, Jean Paul Slusser in Ann Arbor, Jackson Fine Art Gallery in Washington, D.C., Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York, Fayetteville Museum of Art, Brandywine Printmaking Workshop Gallery in Philadelphia and Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.

The work of Detroit artists transforms the city by the influence of the art and it’s currently one of the only things keeping it alive.

Jeremy D. Thacker-Mann

I am a painter.

I have been working as an artist for 11 years.

My work has been on exhibit at 555 Gallery, 101 and up, Cass Café, Motor City Brewery, Detroit Medical Center, Bohemian National Home, Artist Among Us, Our Town and Gualan Biennial. My work is currently at the Detroit Medical Center and the Gualan Biennial, Bao’an District in Shenzhen, China.

The work of Detroit artists transforms the city by adding rich vibrancy to the city, creating a cultural one-stop-shop that emboldens present and future visionaries, and by making Detroit THE artistic and cultural center of the Midwest.

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Jul 8, 2011 11:19 am
 Posted by  berhendawilliams.com

This is amazing for our community to learn the value art adds to our lives! I love that are experiencing a Renascence as we speak! Kudos to you and all the artists profiled here!

Jul 10, 2011 02:05 pm
 Posted by  northendconnection

Halima Cassells has been a jewel in the Northend Community and Detroit for years. Her works of art beautifies walls, murals and gardens. Halima works with children, seniors and politicans in order to get the job done. Thank you for honoring her. We in the Northend already know that she is a treasure. Thank you for letting the rest of Detroit know as well!

Jul 20, 2011 09:46 pm
 Posted by  ArtAdvocate

I absolute love Senghor Reid. I love his art work, and he is an amazing teacher at Cass Technical High School. Hands down, one of my favorite teachers to work with. Good Job!

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