Gail Sydnor is an art gallery within the Black Arts & Cultural Center. Our mission is to support and develop opportunities for creative professionals, artists and residents in order to enhance and sustain West Michigan’s creative economy.
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January 2020

Art Vibez ft. Jamari Taylor

Friday, January 10, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Black Arts & Cultural Center, 359 S Kalamazoo Mall Ste 102
Kalamazoo, MI 49007 United States
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Art Vibez is a monthly event featuring art works from stellar creatives of color and sounds from upcoming artist & DJ's. It's a bomb art & listening party free for the community. Jamari Taylor is a portrait artist from Battle Creek, Michigan. Using charcoal and oils she creates images with character, power, and strength. Through her illustrations, she lovingly seeks to portray a sitter's strength and self-confidence. Each person interviewed by Jamari and asked the same questions, what are some…

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Meet Our 2022 ARTIST

Jessica Hightower

Jessica Hightower

Her paintings reflect the beauty of people of color—not just the tones of their skin but the expression of their auras.”

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Meet Our 2021 ARTIST

Shaquona Espinoza

Shaquona Espinoza

“A recent graduate from Western Michigan University, I studied both social work and art and intertwined both social justice and art through photography and printmaking to confront the realities of injustices that occur in/to individuals within the Black community.”

You can view Shaquona’s gallery here

Keyon Lovett - The ArtSchool Dropout

Keyon Lovett - The ArtSchool Dropout

“After escaping from the maze of academia he constantly envisions himself overcoming the obstacles ahead of him and obtaining his destiny to be great.”

You can view Keyon’s gallery here

Linda- Manguiat-Herzog

Linda- Manguiat-Herzog


“The figures in my paintings is my way of capturing the beauty and essence of humanity.”

You can view Linda’s gallery here

Jerome Washington

Jerome Washington

“Drawing is not just a hobby for Mr. Washington but a passion or as some would say, a calling that God has placed on his life.”

You can view Jerome’s gallery here

Aerick Burton

Aerick Burton

“… art serves to represent the belief that love, peace, & beauty can be found anywhere & everywhere we look, especially if that’s what we’re looking for”

You can view Aerick’s gallery here

Anthony Fitzpatrick

Anthony Fitzpatrick

” I have been painitng for 7 years and been drawing all my life. it is a gift, so i want to share with others.”

You can view Anthony’s gallery here

Michael DeLaRosa

Michael DeLaRosa

“As I continue growing my online base. All the compliments and random people telling me they interpret my abstract pieces gives me the drive that I so much need to keep going!”

You can view Michael gallery here

Tyree Broadway

Tyree Broadway

“Texture and wildlife hav a prominent role in what I create. I have for as long as I can remmeber been able to look at a picture, image, or person and reproduce their likeness.”

You can view Tyree’s gallery here

Johnson Simon

Johnson Simon

“I use the artistic God-given gift of painting to allow me to demonstrate my passion for active motion.”

You can view Johnson’s work here

Michael Parker

Michael Parker

“Art is universal and it should not be stifled or reduced. I encourage all who have a gift to use it while they have it.”

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Meet Our 2020 ARTIST

Jamari Taylor

Jamari Taylor

Jamari Taylor is a portrait artist from Battle Creek, Michigan. Using charcoal and oils she creates images with character, power, and strength. Through her illustrations, she lovingly seeks to portray a sitter’s strength and self-confidence. With meaningful approaches, Jamari uses her passion to portray each sitter’s growth.

Daniel Ellis

Daniel Ellis

Daniel Ellis is a Chicago native living in Kalamazoo. Graduate of American Academy of the arts in Chicago.


Marlena Smith

Marlena Smith

Marlena Smith is a multi-media artist having exhibited throughout the southwest Michigan area for thirty years. She uses many mediums and materials to capture “that” moment in time and encourages her students to recognize their artistic abilities, to use artistic vocabulary to communicate and to learn new skills and apply to make like enjoyable.


Business of Artistry Conference

The Business of Artistry is an annual conference for professionals in the arts industry. Successful artists and creative entrepreneurs will inspire and educate dozens who are on track to build a brand and business for their creative craft. Creatives of all artistic backgrounds are invited, including designers, curators, photographers, performers, artists, stylists, models, actresses, musicians and more.

Digital Arts Workshops

Learn to use this comprehensive software tool to efficiently produce motion graphics and visual effects for film, video, multimedia, and the Web. This is  entry-level and a two-day course to get you started using Adobe After Effects powerful tools for creating a wide range of visual and audio effects. Our classes are led by experienced motion graphics professionals who have backgrounds with broadcast, film, and online media production.


Gail Sydnor Artistic Development Grant is funded through annual fundraising & grants to develop artist of color in Kalamazoo. The grant  is designed to support individual artists in their endeavor to develop themselves and their art through projects or professional development. Attention is paid, and weight is given, to the artistic merit of a project, or how a professional development opportunity will help further an artist’s career. There are two separate categories for this grant: Professional Development and Project Support.


Arts Project Grant Maximum Ask: $2,000.00
Artist Support Grant Maximum Ask: $1,000.00
Grant Guidelines: 2020 Grant Guidelines
Application Deadline Date: May 1, 2020
Final Report: Required to maintain eligibility. Please review final report requirements upon receipt of your grant award.


Arts Project Grants are for arts projects, including creations of original works, installations, large-scale exhibitions and similar.

Artists Project Grants are for professional development, apprenticeships, certifications, conferences/training sessions, etc.


Black Cowboy Exhibit

A Long Hard Ride Into History consists of 30 to 40 pieces including Black Cowboy Movie posters, original paintings and drawing by historian, artist, and collector Mr. Murphy Darden, books, newspaper clippings, and other artifacts taken from Mr. Darden’s extensive collection.

Black History Exhibit

Among this unique collection are rare artifacts, fashions and art pieces representing hsitorical categories including (but not limited to) African culture, slavery, politics, Jim Crow, science, religion, education, music, sports, and civil rights. Variuos films are available to accomany exhibit.

Black Culture Exhibit

Get a hands on experience with african fabrics, head wraps and artifacts. Make music with african instruments. Dig into our activity box of puzzles, crafts, mask and bead making supply. This exhibit is perfect for educational organization with youth and young adults.

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Black Arts & Cultural Center
359 S Kalamazoo Mall Ste. 202
Kalamazoo, MI 49007

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Office Hours
Tuesday-Friday 10am-5pm

Gail Sydnor Gallery Hours
Tuesday-Friday 1pm-5pm

Art Hop Office & Gallery Hours
Office: 4pm-8pm
Gallery: 5pm-8pm

Office hours are sometimes flexible. We encourage calling before visiting and emailing to schedule Gail Sydnor Gallery viewing and Executive Director appointments.