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RH The Artists


Cecil Bernard is an Abstract Artist and contemporary expressionist born in Austin, Texas, and raised in Dallas, Texas, from 10 years old to adulthood. Bernard's acrylic abstracts, pastel paintings, and ink sketches exhibit great power. Cecil Bernard said, "Colors have value in every painting, and the color itself is spiritual if arranged in a manner that speaks to the soul and stirs the passion of the beholder. Every painting tells a story. No matter how simple, no matter how complex."



Larry “Poncho” Brown is a native of Baltimore, MD. Thus, he has been a full-time artist ever since he was 17. His art has been published nationally in Upscale, Ebony, Ebony Man, Essence, and Jet magazines. His works have prominently featured on several TV shows such as “A Different World”, “In The House”, “The Wire”, “Star”, and “Greenleaf” and movies as well. His work adorns the walls of Camille Cosby, Dick Gregory, Anita Baker, and Bernard Bronner to name a few.



Born and reared in Murfreesboro, North Carolina, his artistic journey of discovery began with aspirations for a career in graphic design. He embarked on a successful ten-year career in his chosen field, but something was "missing" in his life. So, he decided to pursue his true love, fine art. His passion for the arts has led him to a successful career as a full-time artist, expressing himself through acrylic paintings and watercolor. His work has featured on "Uncle Buck," "Hawaii 5-0," "Chicago P.D.," as well as the comedy Here Today starring Tiffany Haddish. He remains rooted in traditional landscapes and urban neighborhood scenes that exude keen observations of everyday life.



A native of West Africa, at the age of fifteen, Upjohn started working on his degree program. Upjohn received a BA degree in Fine and Applied Arts at the University of Nigeria in 1986. Open to travel, he moved to England where he realized he could pursue painting full time. Open to new experiences, Upjohn moved to the United States. He spent a few years in New York, New Jersey, and Delaware before moving to Georgia, where he now resides with his family. Upjohn believes that one’s art can't be separated from his experiences. He reaches deep into his cultural and spiritual experiences to develop images that engage the viewer. His work resides in numerous public and private collections such as the 100 Black men of America, Upscale Magazine, and exhibits like Art buyers Caravan in Atlanta, Georgia, and at the Essence Awards ceremony in Radio City, New York.



Zerric Clinton received his BFA in Art Education from Valdosta State University, an M.A. in Educational Leadership from Valdosta State University, and a Ph.D. in Art Education from Florida State University. Over the past 24 years, he has received several awards. His awards include 2015 GAEA Secondary Art Educator of the Year, 2004 and 2012 Most Influential Teacher of an Honor Student, Cairo High School, and he was elected the 2017 President of the Georgia Art Education Association. Zerric is currently participating in the Below I-20 exhibit at the Fulton County Aviation Community and Cultural Center in Atlanta, GA. Zerric maintains a studio at the Hood Street Art Center in McDonough, GA, and teaches art at Dutchtown High School in Hampton, GA. Zerric serves as the current president of the Georgia Art Education Association, whose mission is to advocate for the highest quality visual arts education and provide for the advancement of knowledge through service, leadership, and research.



Kevin Cole received his B.S. from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, an M.A. in Art Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana, and an M.F.A. from Northern Illinois University, where he was a Rhoden Smith Scholar. Within the last 32 years, he has received 27 grants and fellowships, 66 awards in art, and 51 teaching awards. Within the past two years, Kevin Cole received a Proclamation from the City of South Fulton proclaiming February 1, 2022, Kevin Cole Day, December 2020 Governor’s Award for the Arts and Humanities in the State of Georgia, and in July 2021, the Working Artist Fellowship from Museum of Contemporary Art. His artwork has featured in more than 490 exhibitions and more than 4000 public, private, and corporate collections throughout the United States and abroad.



Having been born on a farm in rural South Carolina, at an early age, I started my first charcoal sketches using charcoal from the fireplace. I would later move to Bridgeport and study art under the direction of Thomas Gargiulo. I furthered my studies at Traphagen School of Fashion and Design in New York. After graduation, I spent an Academic Year Abroad in Paris studying painting and sculpting with Richard Lomboski. As a member of the Greenwich Art Society, Greenwich Arts Council, Easton Arts Council, Black Rock Art Guild and Fairfield County Art Association, I have participated in various juried art shows. I exhibited artwork in Greenwich Village and Connecticut NAACP events. I was also a resident artist at the Home Art Gallery in Port Jefferson, New York. Recently, I had a solo art show at the Discovery Museum in Bridgeport, Connecticut.



Born in Arkansas on January 26, 1973, and now residing in Atlanta, Georgia, Najee Dorsey. The visual artist, gallerist, producer, CEO, and founder of "Black Art In America" is known for embracing Southern roots in his works and relaying on canvas stories untold but not forgotten African American life. His artworks have featured in exhibitions at the Arnika Dawkins Gallery, The Columbus Museum, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, David C. Driskell Center, the Charles H. Wright Museum, and Clark Atlanta University Museum to name a few. Dorsey has featured in articles for the ARTnews and the Forbes.



Maurice Evans’ creative focus was realized through the lens of music. Born in Smyrna, Tennessee, his father was a military man, a gifted drummer, and a singer in a gospel choir. He introduced Maurice to music as early as the age of 4. The music of Al Green, Chaka Khan, and Marvin Gaye, inspired his creative growth. The artistic freedom he yearned for as an independent artist landed him his first successful exhibition at the juried Black Arts Festival in Atlanta. From there, his career launched, and his work was exhibited in numerous galleries and venues, where he received national and international acclaim. Maurice Evans resides in Atlanta, GA, never far from a sketch pad, and lives by the premise “create art for art’s sake,” inspiring viewers and artists alike to pursue their artistic and creative passion.



Grace Kisa was born in Nairobi, Kenya. Her father’s profession as an economist afforded her family the opportunity to travel and live in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, McLean, Virginia, Toronto Canada then Gaborone, Botswana before she came to Atlanta, Georgia to pursue a degree in Art form the Art Institute in Atlanta. She now lives in Lawrenceville, Georgia a suburb outside of Atlanta where She makes a living as an artist. Grace Kisa states, “I have developed a flexibility and adaptability and can draw inspiration from a broad cultural knowledge base. I am able at once to feel at home everywhere and nowhere. Through these experiences I have an expanded world view which allows me to perceive it differently. I am open to cross- cultural exchanges, and collaboration and this is reflected in my art”.

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Tracy Murrell is an Atlanta-based visual artist. She has displayed in numerous group and juried exhibitions and featured in art publications such as "Create! Magazine," "ArtVoices Magazine," "Studio Visit Magazine" Issue 29, 35, 38, 41, and New American Paintings Issue 142. Her painting “Walk Alone; We Will Follow” was the cover of Witnessing Girlhood Toward An Intersectional Tradition of Life Writing by Fordham University Press. She's been awarded artists residencies and in the past two years, Georgia Tech University unveiled two paintings by Murrell commissioned by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority for the Dorothy M. Crosland Tower library. Murrell also first museum solo exhibition debuted in August 2021 exploring contemporary Haitian migration at Hammonds House Museum. Murrell continues to work in various private, corporate, and municipal collections.



Ronnie Phillips is an award-winning photographer, mixed- media artist, and educator whose insightful works display cultures from America’s rural heartlands to the villages and cities in West Africa and Brazil. Phillips's work has received national praise, winning over 100 awards and 10 “Best of Show” awards. His art now graces the homes of Academy Award-winning actress Halle Berry and Cecily Tyson, entertainment icon Bill Cosby, comedians and television and film actors Damon Wayans, David Alan Grier and directors Spike Lee and Bill Duke, legendary recording artist Dionne Warwick, television and film actors C.C. Pounder, Glynn Turman and Sheryl Lee Ralph.

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Dane Tilghman grew up in West Chester, PA, and has been a professional artist for nearly 40 years. His family was originally from Tilghman Island in the Chesapeake Bay before migrating to Dover and settling in Pennsylvania. Dane embraces an extravagant style and color palette to make Black life and culture from the early 20th Century the centerpiece of artistic admiration. He isn’t confined by artistic rules or forms, opting to combine qualities of cubism, impressionism, and realism with palette knife work and various mediums to create textural pieces that come to life on the canvases. His powerful and poignant works remind viewers of the importance of caring for people of all colors and creeds, not only in history but in the present and the future.



Jasmine Nicole Williams is a visual artist born and raised in Atlanta, GA. She received her BFA in Printmaking from the University of West Georgia. Her work focuses on identity and personal politics exploring her southern, black, and femme identities. In her practice, she gives space for black women and girls to exist without limits. Jasmine Nicole serves on Atlanta Printmaker Studio’s board of directors. She is a 2021 Midtown Alliance Heart of the Arts Resident, 2020 Hambidge Resident, 2018 SGC International Undergraduate Fellow, and recipient of the Dream Warriors Foundation's inaugural Spark Grant. Jasmine Nicole continues her practice in Atlanta, GA.



Born in Cairo, Illinois, Woodruff grew up in Nashville, Tennessee and died 1980 in New York City. Yet he left a great impact in everything he did. In the early 1920s, he studied at the John Herron Art Institute in Indianapolis, He later studied at Harvard University, the School of The Art Institute of Chicago, the Académie Moderne and Académie Scandinave in Paris. He spent the summer of 1938 studying mural painting with Diego Rivera in Mexico, an experience that greatly affected Woodruff’s evolving style until the early 1940s. In 1931, Woodruff returned to the United States and began teaching art at Atlanta University who was responsible for that department’s frequent designation as the École des Beaux Arts” of the black South in later years. As he excelled as chairman of the art department at Atlanta University, his reputation also grew as one of the most talented African-American artists of the Depression era. He also established the Atlanta Annuals, a yearly exhibition that provided one of the earliest opportunities for African American artists “to show their works and exhibit on a national basis.”



Gilbert Young is a nationally renowned artist, muralist, and art conservator. Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, he served 27 years as director and conservator of the multi-million-dollar University of Cincinnati Fine Art Collection. In 1994 Young was named Artist-in-Residence at the University of Cincinnati. He relocated to Atlanta, Georgia, in 1995 and became Artistic Director for the International Paint Pals Art Competition in conjunction with the 1996 Olympics. Young is a frequent lecturer speaking at colleges and universities around the country, such as Harvard Law School, Spelman College, and Morehouse College. In 2013 he received the Phoenix Award from the city of Atlanta for outstanding contributions to the arts as he celebrated his 50th year as a professional artist. In 2014 He was awarded the “Hero & Heroine Lifetime Achievement Award” during the Sweet Auburn Spring Fest. In 2015 the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus recognized him for outstanding artistic achievement. And this year, in 2017, Gilbert Young received a Lifetime Achievement award from the Barack H. Obama Foundation.

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