What: UrbArts opens its second art exhibit this Friday, August 29th, I STILL love h.e.r: a Celebration of Women in Hip Hop, which features the works of Roland Burrow and Jen Everett. Curated by Kris Blackmon, there will be several events during the exhibit run hosted or moderated by the curator. Many of the works are for sale and will be available for auction when the exhibit ends Saturday, Sept 27th.
When: The exhibit runs from August 29th – Sept 27th. Gallery hours during the exhibit run will be Tuesday through Friday 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm and Saturday 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
Where: UrbArts is located at 2600 N. 14th Street in Crown Square
Exhibit Description (or why)
In this male dominated stratosphere we call Hip-Hop, women often become objects instead of equal contributors of Hip-Hop music and culture.
I STILL love h.e.r. is an art exhibition showcasing positive & inspiring images of women in Hip Hop featuring the artwork of Roland Burrow and Jen Everett. I STILL love h.e.r. will reflect the truths that women are a part of Hip-Hop as much as our male counterparts.
Women ARE MCs. Women ARE DJs. Women ARE Graffiti Writers. Women ARE Artists. Women ARE B-Girls. Women ARE Journalists. Women ARE Scholars. Women ARE lovers & Creators of HIP HOP CULTURE.
As long as HIP HOP don’t stop, neither will the voices of the past, present and future queens of hip hop, hip hop, hip hop.
8/29/14: Opening reception; 6-9 pm at UrbArts featuring DJ Divi
9/13/14: How Far Have We Come: an open group discussion on women in hip hop; 5pm-7pm
9/20/14: My Mic Sounds Nice: an I STILL love h.e.r. rap showcase; 9 pm to midnight, $5.00 entry fee; Old North/63106 residents receive discounts
9/26/14: Closing reception; 7-10 pm at UrbArts
9/27/14: Saturday Nite Slam & I STILL love h.e.r. silent auction; 9 pm to midnight; $7 entry fee, $5 with student ID; Old North/63106 residents receive discounts
Bios (or who)
Roland Burrow, visual artist, a St. Louis native has been doing art since a child. What began as a hobby for Roland has now manifested into his life’s work. Roland creates art on both canvass and by tattooing. His work has been featured several times at “Naughty Gras” Erotic Show, featured artist for the “All Bold Colors” Art Show and most recently the featured artist at the “Black&White” Art Show at Koken Art Factory.
Jen Everett, visual artist, was born in 1981 in Detroit, Michigan and currently lives and works in Saint Louis, Missouri. Jen is a visual artist focusing on photography and mixed media and has been influenced heavily by her study of architecture. She is interested in work that explores themes of race, gender expression and identity.
Kris Blackmon, curator, Kristian Blackmon is a 30 something year old local activist&blogger.Born and raised in St.Louis she has been involved in numerous organizations and movements standing up against oppression and injustice. She is the creator of Invisible No More,a project that gives a voice to issues that affect Women of Color through the arts & lecture. She is the former co-host of Block Radio’s show Foxyblock, contributed to Mk Stallings segment “My Bars and my Words”on 88.1KDHX and has sat on numerous panels addressing women in Hip-Hop to spirituality and sexuality.
UrbArts is a nonprofit organization that operates a visual and performing arts venue in North St. Louis with a mission to create platforms and platform creative for youth development and betterment of community.