New exhibit ‘Shared Experiences’ to highlight work by black artists beginning Jan. 12

Some of the artwork from “Shared Experiences,” a new show opening at Artist’s Laboratory Theatre in Fayetteville this weekend.

An art exhibit highlighting the experience of black and African American individuals in Northwest Arkansas opens this weekend in Fayetteville.

The show, titled Shared Experiences will be on display at the Artist’s Laboratory Theatre beginning on Jan. 12, and will feature work by the NWA Black Artist Collective.

“The thesis of the show is that the life experiences for Black people in the NWA area haven’t really changed much, and we are still experiencing these specific perceptions of reality,” says Cory Perry, exhibit producer and member of NWA Black Artist Collective. “Mental health issues from racism and classism, discrimination, pacification, and oppression against sexual expression still exist after centuries of systematic white oppression and whitewashing. My intention with this exhibition is to show other people, moreso Black people who feel alienated in this area, that they’re not alone in these experiences. In addition, to create an environment where people can connect to each other, learn more, and feel more empowered to stand up and fight against systematic white oppression.”

Artists exhibiting work in the show include Veronica Huff, Madison Moon, Raven Cook, and Perry.

A reception for the show is set for 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 12. During the event, a presentation on the history of NWA and how it relates to the experiences of the artists will be given by Kentrell Curry, a historian and Associate Museum Educator from Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

Artist’s Laboratory Theatre is located at 1030 South College Avenue.

For a bit more information, visit the Facebook Event for the show.