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Dear Black Artist Film Screening + Discussion

June 20 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Join us for a screening of Dear Black Artist in conjunction with our exhibition, The United Colors of Robert Earl Paige. Dear Black Artist is a documentary project that began right before the pandemic and highlights 77 Black artists as an ode to the 77 communities in Chicago. In the documentary, the artists discuss their creative journeys, barriers to access, and their greatest hopes for Black artists in the future to give the viewer a snapshot of multigenerational perspectives and ideas around what success and access for Black artists looks like in Chicago. There will be a post film discussion with select artists, moderated by the film’s creator, Rachel Gadson.

About The Filmmaker: Rachel Gadson

Rachel Gadson was born and raised on the southside of Chicago. She has a strong attachment to the creative arts community and is a proud Chicagoan. She attended Florida A&M University where she attained her Bachelors in the field of Graphic Design (magna cum laude); and also studied design, photography, and animation at Studio Arts Center International, in Florence, Italy.

A combination of love for the creative arts industry, and a keen desire to empower artists (specifically artists of color) shapes the trajectory of Rachel’s career and it’s the same fire that keeps her propelling toward her goals. With a portfolio that spans across varying industries with clients like Jewel Osco, PNC Bank, Hilton, Samsung, and GitHub, Gadson now dedicates her time creating equitable access for more Black artists.

Through her work, she seeks to expand the narrative of how we begin to create more inclusive environments where the talents and works of Black artists are more visible, and the appreciation and love of our art is highly regarded.


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