Current Exhibitions

Sacred Seeds: Communicating Through Hair Systems

October 21 – November 26, 2022 | Arthello Beck Gallery

Sacred Seeds: Communicating Through Hair Systems is an exploration of communication through Black hairstyles and haircuts. The imagery presents intricate haircuts and hair designs as well as African threaded hairstyles paired with patterned fabrics. The patterns found in the hair not only serve as design and cultural styling but also communicate identity and intentional messaging. Intricacies in braids and cornrows could communicate identity such as, marital status, age, and tribe, but have also been known to serve as maps or hide seeds and grains to help the enslaved.

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Inyang Essien is a Nigerian-American photographer and visual artist from Dallas, TX. Her work is based in photography, cultural textiles, video installations, and generative art to explore identity through culture, sexuality, and personal transformation. In 2021, she was a recipient in the inaugural cohort of the Juanita J. Craft Artist Residency and was a recipient of both the Nasher Artist Grant and Cedars Union Art & Equity Scholarship.

This exhibition is free and open for public viewing from Oct. 21 – Nov. 26, 2022.

Upcoming Exhibition

She Blinded Them With Science

December 2, 2022 – February 4, 2023 | Opening Reception Friday, Dec. 2 from 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

She Blinded Them With Science by Andrea Tosten is a body of work using text and pattern to explore social constructs, binary thinking, and the nature of existence. Her works on paper incorporate the processes of hand-lettering, drawing, origami, and the zoetrope. Working with a minimal amount of materials is important for her to convey a silent strength with a sense of the ephemeral nature of each moment in reflection upon a prominent figure of her culture, Queen Nanny, leader of the Windward Jamaican Maroons, who was almost erased from history.

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Andrea Tosten is a calligrapher and a bookbinder. She has a Bachelor of Science in BioMedical Science from Texas A&M University and a Master of Liberal Arts in Museum Studies from the University of Oklahoma. Common themes explored through her work are social constructs, binary thinking, and the nature of existence. Influences include Annette Lawrence, Janine Antoni, Tierney Malone, and Glenn Ligon.

This exhibition is free and open for public viewing from Dec. 2, 2022 – Feb. 3, 2023. An opening reception will be held Friday, Dec. 2 at 5:00 p.m. at the South Dallas Cultural Center.