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These Black Women

THESE BLACK WOMEN is an exhibition of portraiture from local artist, Jason Patterson, on display at the Women’s Resources Center in honor of Black History Month. These portraits are a part of the series Twenty Three Portraits. A project that honors African American women of the University of Illinois and the Champaign-Urbana area who have made significant cultural, academic, civic and social contributions to the community. While recognizing the importance of these women, this project also looks at the historical convention and concept of The Portrait, specifically in the public and academic context. How do we perceive images of people, painted or photograhed, on the walls of government buildings or in university halls? What positive or negative effects does this tradition have on us consciously and subconsciously? What new ideas, perceptions or understandings can be realized when these portraits of African American Women, compositionally adhere to, but at the same time contrast, the traditional motifs of classical portraiture? Viewing Hours: 9am-5pm Monday-Friday during February. Jason Paterson is an Illinois based artist whose work predominantly deals with African American history, and social conditions. His work employs portraiture to chronicle the people, periods and cultural significance of the African American presence, throughout the history of The United States. These works not only represent the people they depict, but also the visual media in which the original images were created—re-creating them through an original utilization of soft pastel. These works reference the cultural and historical importance of, photographs, film, and video: the technological tools we use to represent and identify ourselves, and visually organize and archive our existence.on the walls of government buildings or in university halls? What positive or negative effects does this tradition have on us consciously and subconsciously? What new ideas, perceptions or understandings can be realized when these Portraits of African American women, compositionally adhere to, but at the same time contrast, the traditional motifs of classic portraiture?aphed, on the walls of government buildings or in university halls? What positive or negative effects does this tradition have on us consciously and subconsciously? What new ideas, perceptions or understandings can be realized when these Portraits of African American women, compositionally adhere to, but at the same time contrast, the traditional motifs of classic portraiture? Jason Paterson is an Illinois based artist whose work predominantly deals with African American history, and social conditions. His work employs portraiture to chronicle the people, periods and cultural significance of the African American presence, throughout the history of The United States. These works not only represent the people they depict, but also the visual media in which the original images were created—re-creating them through an original utilization of soft pastel. These works reference the cultural and historical importance of, photographs, film, and video: the technological tools we use to represent and identify ourselves, and visually organize and archive our existence.

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