Michael Davis: The Possible Dream
Over a year ago Missy Geppi and the Geppi Entertainment Museum in Baltimore honored me by asking me to curate a show showcasing African American pop culture in comics and related media.
The show, Milestones: African Americans in Comics, Pop Culture and Beyond, has been pushed back and now opens December 6th The response from artists, filmmakers and designers have been fantastic. That’s one of the reasons the show has been pushed back.
The other reason?
Trust me, you wouldn’t believe it if I told you. That said, I’m blown away by some of the work I’ve seen but I’m not satisfied.
Let me be crystal clear, I’ve seen wonderful work from established artists and great work from up and coming artists but this show, my show has to feature something more.
Again, let me be even clearer, if the show went up as is it would be fantastic. But fantastic is not what I’m going for.
What am I going for?
I’m dreaming of a show that just doesn’t showcase established African American artisans in pop culture, I want to see new artists that have a dream of becoming part of the comics and related industries. I also want to see non-black artists who have worked on or been influence by black pop culture.
That means you don’t have to be black to have a piece in the show.
But… You have to come correct. That means your work must have a real appreciation and genuine respect for black culture.
That means be Eminem, not Vanilla Ice.
So, to recap, if you’re an African American artist with something to say or just someone who has be inspired by the African American experience and you think you have what it takes to be part of a history making show that celebrates black pop culture we would like to see your work.
Do you have to be a professional? Good question, here’s the answer, if you just got out of art school, if you are just getting into art school, if you were kicked out of art school or if you tried but didn’t get into art school we want to see your work.
I’m looking for new artists so if you’ve never even thought of and can’t even spell “art school” but you have talent I’m looking for you.
I don’t care if you are a 65-year-old shut-in or 16-year-old Hanna Montana fan if you think you can hang with the big boys (and girls) this is your chance to be seen by the world.
The deadline is October 14.
Here’s the website to present your work: http://milestonestheshow.com
Here’s an email to answer any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
Finally, here’s hoping my co-curator Tatiana El-Khouri, our creative adviser John Jennings, and I make some young artist’s dream come true.
Oh and if you are a fan of Hanna Montana, keep that to yourself. I mean really.
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