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Harlem Renaissance West is an artist-driven annual event designed to reaffirm African-American artworks’ cultural importance to America and the world. Presented by Mr. Mitchell Forte, noted Los Angeles art collector and impresario, and curated by award-winning artist Yvonne Beatty, the event is a one evening exhibition opportunity for eight to twelve African-American artists currently working in the Los Angeles area. In pursuit of Harlem Renaissance elegance and style, live jazz will be provided and semi-formal attire is required for both the artists and their guests.

Submission Deadline:  January 18, 2014

Event Date:  March 8, 2014, 6:00PM to 10:00PM

There is no fee to enter.

The venue:  (See photos below.) Mr. Forte’s studio loft at The Brewery Artists Colony in downtown Los Angeles. Wall space for each of the eight artists is 20′ in length and 10′ in height.  Three of these spaces are for sculpture or for wall art displayed on easels.  In addition, central floor space will allow four installations, each of which may require up to 4′ x 4′ of installation space.

Eligibility:  African-American artists aged 18 years and older who are currently working in the Los Angeles area.

Selection of work for the show will be made by a review of artist’s website or other online exhibition website.

Artwork Specifications:  The dimensions of wallworks combined with frames and spacing will not exceed 20′ in length and 10′ in height for each artist.  Wallworks must be wired for safe hanging and cannot use sawtooth hangers or be suspended from the ceiling.  Plexiglass is required for works on paper. Maximum size for sculpture displays including stands and separating spaces will not exceed the 20′ by 10′ wall space available to each artist nor exceed 4′ in depth.  Sculpture must be free-standing, not fixed to the wall or floor nor suspended from the ceiling. Maximum weight for each piece is 50 lbs. Maximum floor area for each installation is 4′ x 4′.  Installations may not be fixed to the floor or suspended from the ceiling.

There can be no substitutions for accepted works and work must be available for the entire evening.  Damaged work will not be exhibited.

Sales:  100% of all sales receipts go directly to the artist.  Although no sales commission will be charged, Mr. Mitchell requires the donation of one work from each artist’s inventory (work in the exhibition is exempted) to add to his extensive collection.  Selection of the donated work will be determined in consultation with the artist prior to the delivery date listed below.

Delivery:  Hand delivery only, Friday, March 7, 2014, from 7:00PM to 11:00PM, and/or on Saturday, March 8, 2014, after 8:00AM and before noon.  No mail or shipment of artworks, please. Each artist assumes any transportation expenses related to artwork for the exhibition. Artists will include their donated inventory piece for Mr. Forte, as discussed and agreed, in addition to their delivery for the show.

All pieces must have an identifying label with the title, artist’s name and contact information attached to the back or other area of the work not visible to the exhibition viewer.

Delivery Address:  The Brewery Artists’ Colony, 620 Moulton Ave., Studio 207, Los Angeles, CA 90031. There is a freight elevator on site which will accommodate large or heavy artwork. Accepted artists will be provided with additional access information.

Pick Up Artwork:  Sunday, March 9, 2014, 12:00PM to 5:00PM. 

Submission Procedure:  Please submit your application by email to In the body of the email include the following information: artist’s name, address, phone number, and web site link or link to other online exhibition site. If your website does not include a brief biography, please include or attach one in your email. Indicate the titles of one to three artworks from which Mr. Forte may choose one work as your donation to the Forte collection. Only one work will be chosen, in consultation with the artist.

Event Calendar Review:

• Submission Deadline:  January 18, 2014

• Notification of selection:  January 31, 2014

• Delivery dates and hours:  March 7, 2014, 7:00PM to 11:00PM, and/or March 8, 2014 8AM to noon.

• Event date:  March 8, 2014

• Pick up date and hours:  March 9, 2014, 12:00PM to 5:00PM

The curator and contact person for Harlem Renaissance West 2014 is Yvonne Beatty.Email address:


The Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) is a proud supporter of Los Angeles’ 2013 African American Heritage Celebration.  This celebration will promote and encourage an awareness of the significant contributions made by our City’s African Americans in culture, education, politics, business, technology,
and the arts.
As part of this celebration, our Department is once again creating a comprehensive calendar and cultural guide showcasing quality
African American artists from across Los Angeles and will list the numerous events, exhibitions, lectures, and festivals related to this annual celebration of African American culture.
Our goals are to expose Angelenos to the great works of our local visual and literary artists, and to make them aware of the exciting cultural events happening as part of the celebration.  We also want to encourage their appreciation of LA’s African American past artistic traditions and today’s modern contemporary styles.
To assist us, we invite you to please submit images of your visual or literary works of art via email to  Please only send high-resolution images (300 DPI or larger) and short works of poetry appropriate for publication.  Please include all credit information with all works submitted.
The deadline for artwork submissions is January 9, 2013.
We appreciate your help and look forward to commemorating African American heritage and traditions in Los Angeles through
this special annual publication.


Opening Saturday, December 10th, 2011 is the
The 31st Annual Black Doll Exhibit

Curated by: Miriam Fergerson

LOS ANGELES, CA –This year marks the 31st year of the Black Doll
Show. Our theme, “The Politics of Imagery: Shaping Thought/Perception”
was chosen by curator and art historian, Miriam Fergerson. The focus
of this year’s exhibit is to showcase dolls within the context of
mainstream popular culture. Highlighting the powerful role dolls have
played to influence, celebrate and often perpetuate standard images of
beauty. This year’s selection of new and retrospective pieces ranging
from miniatures, antiques and modern mixed media will narrate a
historical timeline from contemporary to forgotten scenes within the
African Diaspora.

The Black Doll show was inspired by a doll test conducted by Mamie and
Kenneth Clark. The tests concluded that due to social stigmas, many
black children preferred white dolls over black dolls. This test went
on to become evidence in civil rights law suits. The Clarks became
expert witnesses in Brown vs. Board of education and helped the
landmark decision to desegregate schools. This doll test was conducted
again in 2006 by 17 year old filmmaker Kiri Davis, sadly with the same

Transforming the doll test into art, living legend artist / curator
Cecil Fergerson started the Black Doll show in 1982. Wanting to
change the negative self-image, Fergerson brought together hand made
dolls by artists around the country into one exhibit. Through its many
transformations, the Black Doll Show has been a celebration of Black
Dolls from slavery, Jim Crow, freedom marches, music, dance, jazz, hip
hop and more. Miriam compliments her husband’s legacy though this
thought provoking educational experience.


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