As a society we are finally acknowledging that Black women are underrepresented and undervalued in our culture. The history of the Black female experience in America is . . . . well, let’s not try to define it. It is time for us to LISTEN. This MAVUNO exhibition presents works created by Black female artists who live and work in Pennsylvania, that explore the ideas, experiences, triumphs and struggles specific to being a Black woman in America. LISTEN seeks to illuminate intersectionality, give voice to Black women, and encourage all to hear their realities.
LISTEN is juried by Elizabeth Asche Douglas. Elizabeth “Betty” Asche Douglas is a visual artist, musician and educator. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Art in painting and design from Carnegie Mellon University and her Master of Art from the University of Pittsburgh. She has taught at the high school and university levels, retiring as Professor and Head of Humanities and Fine Arts from Geneva College in 1996. She is artist/owner of Douglas Art Gallery, Rochester, PA. Her professional exhibiting record covers nearly six decades, beginning with an award in the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh 42nd Annual at the Carnegie Museum. Betty is a winner of numerous awards and her works are in public and private collections across the U.S. and abroad. Her work has been included in exhibitions at the American Jewish Museum, Pittsburgh, PA; The African American Museum, Philadelphia, PA; The August Wilson Center, Pittsburgh, PA; The Southern Alleghenies Museum, Ligonier, PA; and The African American Museum, Dallas, TX, to name just a few. She is on the Advisory Board of Sweetwater Center for the Arts and the Guild Council of the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. Betty is a founding member of the MAVUNO committee.