WVa Art Exhibit Celebrating Black Women Ends This Week

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — An art exhibit at Shepherd University featuring acrylic canvas paintings of black women who have made significant contributions to history ends Saturday.

“Physical and Spiritual Bodies” honors nine women who have excelled in history, civil rights, science, math, education, arts, engineering, medicine, business and sports. Among the women featured are pioneering mathematician Katherine Johnson and tennis star Serena Williams.

“In my paintings, I show figures that signify a fusion of black women’s personal and cultural ties to the four elements – earth, air, fire, water – as well as the void or powerful energy that surrounds soul,” artist Chiquita Howard-Bostic said in a press release.

Howard-Bostic chairs the Department of Sociology, Criminology and Criminal Justice and is Associate Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusiveness at Shepherd.

The Scarborough Library exhibit opened on April 4 and will end on Saturday. The art can also be found virtually on the website.

“The images are fearless, beautiful and reveal an extraordinary visual artist with a strong message for all of us about the resilience and power of black women,” said Sylvia Bailey Shurbutt, director of the Appalachian Center for Studies and Communities.

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