11_7_2017 AAFTA Minutes

Minutes for African Americans for the Arts meeting the home of Dawn Williams Boyd – November 7, 2017 at 6 pm.

Libation was offered by Herman McClenton at 6:25 pm


Treasurer’s Report –  current balance – $3905.57. $400.00 went to Paragon for the “Dimensions” exhibit and an unknown amount to reimburse Shellton for refreshments for the same event.


Membership – 1 new member.

Marketing –Yell Oh reception December 6.Hammonds House in December? No AAFTA Bazaar there this year.

Programming – No report

Hospitality – No report. .

Exhibitions – No report.

AAFTA Gives Back – No report. This committee STILL needs a new chair.

Web site – Dianne is unable to take down the profile pages of members who have failed to post photos, artwork or statements. None of said artists have filled in this missing information since the last discussion of the subject. The web hosting has not been renewed and not been paid as of this meeting. It expired in August 2017.

Finance – No report.


Guest Speaker: Michael Harris, art collector, curator, discussed the “Business of Art”:

  1. Are you a hobbyist or a professional?
  2. Do you have a disciplined studio practice?
  3. Be assertive with dealers and collectors; If you are not comfortable with the business side get a representative – gallery, friend.
  4. Be consistent with pricing.
  5. Be professional and punctual with your gallery; never undersell or sell around your gallery.
  6. Study, research and experience the artists who inspire you.
  7. Great artists do thing differently.

Artist Showcase: Dawn showed her latest piece “We Shall Overcome”

With seven harambes meeting was adjourned at 8:00 pm.

Dawn Williams Boyd

Dawn Williams Boyd’s artwork reflects her interests in American history - specifically as it affects and is affected by its African American citizens - women’s identity and sexuality, religious music and world politics. After more than 30 years successfully painting in oils and acrylics on various surfaces, in 2002 this prolific artist began to 'paint' with fabric instead of on it. Her large scale ‘cloth paintings’ are representative, packed with vibrant, often life sized figures and are strategically embellished with beads, sequins and cowry shells and hand embroidery. Most pieces take over 500 hours to complete. Through cutting, patching, surface enhancement and quilting, bits and pieces of fabric are transformed into modern visual storytelling. The daughter of Atlanta Public School teachers John and Narvie Hill Williams (Puls), Dawn was reared in the Mozley Park and Adamsville neighborhoods of Atlanta, GA. She attended local schools, graduating from St. Pius X Catholic High School in 1970. She received her BFA (studio) from Stephens College, Columbia, MO in 1974. Ms. Williams Boyd’s work has been seen in numerous one woman and group exhibitions throughout the United States. In 2016: a trunk show at Hammonds House Museum as a featured artist at the Atlanta Quilt Festival in August, KUIBUKA, her one woman exhibit at Bulloch Hall, Roswell, GA, late January and Womyn at Atlanta – Fulton Library, Mechanicsville Branch, Atlanta, GA in March, at Fiberart International at The Society for Contemporary Crafts in Pittsburg, PA in May, and currently in And Still We Rise: Race, Culture and Visual Conversations at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester, VA. In 2015: Extreme Fibers: Textile Icons and the New Edge at the Muskegon (MI) Museum of Art, Expressions in Equality at Visions Art Museum in San Diego, CA and Meeting Roads and Liberty at the Foundation of the United States of America at Paris City University, in Paris, France. In 2014 she exhibited several pieces at Art & Spiritualite: Liberte in Angers, France, Themes of Black Identity at LH Horton Gallery at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, CA. and Exhibiting Blackness at Evolve the Gallery, Sacramento, CA. Dawn leads workshops with Atlanta area youth at public and private schools, libraries and art centers. She volunteers at Spelman College’s Museum of Fine Art, Hammonds House Museum and Omenala Griot Museum and Event Center. She and her husband, artist Irvin Wheeler reside in southwest Atlanta, GA. Dawn Williams Boyd www.dawnwilliamsboyd.com
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