In Search of Our Mothers’ Gardens: Role Models and Inspirations

Jada Patterson
“Tragic Mulatto, Keep it Under the Floorboards” Ceramic, Xerox Print, and Kanekalon hair

In honor of Black History Month 2019, the Kansas City Art Institute’s Black Artists Culture and Community organization (BACC) is proud to present In Search of Our Mothers’ Gardens: Role Models and Inspirations. In her 1974 essay entitled, “In Search of Our Mothers’ Gardens,” author, Alice Walker writes, “Guided by my heritage of a love of beauty and a respect for strength – in search of my mother’s garden, I found my own.” Paying homage to “our mothers and grandmothers” who had the “creative spark” but no creative outlet due to their circumstances, Walker’s essay emphasizes the importance of role models in the artist’s life. The theme for this year’s BACC exhibition respectfully alludes to Walker’s essay in order to convey the importance of role models as inspiration to the creative work of KCAI students. BACC acknowledges that LGBTQ artists and artists of color in particular need role models to inspire them and pave the way for new artists. Contributors to this show include members and allies of BACC, and students from a Fall 2018 KCAI course entitled, “In Search of Our Mothers’ Gardens,” taught by Assistant Professor and BACC Faculty Coordinator, Eleanor Lim-Midyett.

Warren VanRyzin
“Kachina Figure 1” Ceramic and glaze

The exhibition is up from February 1 – February 26. The artists displayed from the ceramics department include: Shontaja Brown, Mallory Kneece, Elinore Noyes, Jada Patterson, Mirose Song, Warren VanRyzin and Jason Wang.

Mirose Song
“Red for Rebel” Ceramic, glaze, and luster