Past Exhibitions

American Spirit: Freedom, Growth, Grace, and Power

February 9 through March 12, 2009

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This exhibition features artwork by Stephen Marc, David Jordano, and Vaughn Sills. 

Stephen Marc's Walking in the Footsteps montages reveal segments of Underground Railroad history. Marc's montages of the people, places, documents, and artifacts tell the stories of individuals like Frederick Douglas, Susan B. Anthony, Harriet Tubman, and Jamestown's Catherine D. Harris who shaped the Underground Railroad.

David Jordano's Articles of Faith photographs document Chicago's African American storefront churches that serve as urban sanctuaries and reflect the southern Baptist experience. " Infused within these spaces are deep undercurrents of tradition, history, memory, and the love of self that trace back to when the only form of open expression for blacks in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries was through practice of their faith..." 

Vaughn Sills presents Places for the Spirit: Traditional African American Gardens of the South. These Afrocentric garden images document flowers, crops, rocks, decorative artifacts, and Christian icons that present visual vocabularies reaching back in time to African experiences and life as slaves and free citizens of the south.


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