VISUAL ARTS

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.

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.”

View Jessica’s Gallery

Mind to Canvas Interview

 

 

Daniel Ellis

Daniel Ellis

“The use of composition, color, space, movement, etc. are what’s important in a painting and not whether it’s done on a computer.”

View Daniel’s Gallery 

Paul Marquardt

Paul Marquardt

 “My creative work is “content driven”
with visual elements and media chosen by what serves the project best.” 

Kandy Grady

Kandy Grady

“There is  a lot of freedom in mixed media that isn’t in fine art and finding a good mixture of both is my desired effect.”

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Mila Lynne

Mila Lynne

“As an artist I center my creativity with a set of three pillars; inspiration, education, and upliftment.”

View Mila’s Gallery

Mind to Canvas Interview

Maya James

Maya James

 “In times where my self image seems compromised, self portraits help me remember who I am to my core.”

View Maya’s Gallery

Mind to Canvas Interview

Elijah Hamilton Wray

Elijah Hamilton Wray

“My artwork tends to incorporate the human form in combination with surreal or unusual elements giving light to different views and interpretations.”

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Brent Harris

Brent Harris

“Nature provides the shapes and patterns that repeat in our body and in our subconscious. My job as an artist is to know when to step out of the way and let our stories speak.”

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.”

View Michael’s gallery here

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.
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Events for May 2022 › Public

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GRANTS

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.

GRANT DETAILS

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.

GRANT SCOPE

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.

RENT A POP UP EXHIBIT

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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Call Us

(269) 349 - 1035

Address

Black Arts & Cultural Center
359 S Kalamazoo Mall Ste. 102
Kalamazoo, MI 49007

Email Us

info@blackartskalamazoo.org

Office Hours
Monday - CLOSED
Tuesday - Friday 9am - 5pm
Gail Sydnor Gallery Hours
Tuesday-Friday 10am-4pm

 

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