Local African-American Artists Portray the Black Experience in New Exhibit

Twenty-two African-American artists from the D.C. area portray the black experience in their artwork for a new exhibit on display in Maryland.

“The Elements That Define Us” at the Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center in North Brentwood includes a colorful selection of mixed media portraits. Its curator, Tomora Wright, is an artist herself.

“’The elements that define us is focusing on the artist’s hand, and that’s the one thing that sets them apart from other artists,” she said. “It’s how diverse their voices are and how diverse their work is.”

Artist Toni Bernadette Lane chose to show strength as an element that defines the black experience.

“This is called ‘Face me and however you face me I am strength,’ and that’s what I try to portray…

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