Master Artists of The Bahamas exhibition in Iowa

Bahamian Art is proudly on display in one of the most prestigious galleries in the US. A group of some of the most talented Bahamian visual artists opened the MASTER ARTISTS OF THE BAHAMAS Exhibition and Symposium in the United States at the Waterloo Center for the Arts (WCA) in Waterloo, Iowa in October 2011.

The journey for the Exhibition began in 2008 when the WCA’s Director, Cammie Scully, was inspired by the documentary “Artists of The Bahamas’ produced by Filmmakers Karen and Tom Neuwirth.

The WCA, which houses the largest collection of Haitian art in the U.S. and also a large collection of art by the late Bahamian artist Amos Ferguson, was overjoyed with the response of the participants, some of whom travelled from other states to attend and meet the artists. “This has been a memorable event that has added lots of colour, movement and excitement to us here in Iowa. The two landscapes are so very different and everyone is now eager to visit The Bahamas!”

The present Exhibition boasts over 100 pieces of Bahamian art including 68 pieces by the late Amos Ferguson, Brent Malone and Jackson Burnside together with the works of Antonius Roberts, Dave Smith, Eddie Minnis, John Beadle, John Cox, Kendal Hanna, Max Taylor and Stan Burnside. The Exhibition will run through January 2012 and then travel to various art venues throughout the U.S.

In addition to the grand opening attended by Mayor of Waterloo Buck Clark, participants were treated to a two day symposium by the artists as well as musical performances by Eddie Minnis and junkanoo drumming by Reuben ‘Ruppapumpum’ Deleveaux, in addition to viewing the premiere of “Match Me If You Can”, the Amos Ferguson documentary that was produced by the filmmakers. Youth participating in a Junkanoo workshop presented by WCA education staff also took part in the festivities. The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas’ curatorial assistant/videographer, Jackson Petit accompanied the artists to document the entire trip and the video will be available for viewing shortly.

Exhibition Dates: October 14, 2011 – January 31, 2012.

Click HERE to view Master Artists of The Bahamas exhibition on WCA’s website.

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