Friday, June 2, 2017 (All day) to Thursday, June 22, 2017 (All day)

NOIRE III is an exhibition of African-American Oklahoma-based contemporary artists curated by Nathan Lee, the Director of Inclusion in Art, located in Oklahoma City, OK. The exhibition/installation will show 40-60 new works of art in order to examine the diversity and depth of contemporary artwork being done by African-American Artists in Oklahoma. Noire III will open on June 2, 2017, and continue through June 22 in the Myers Gallery of Living Arts.

Oklahoma was not known for a black arts community but that has changed. Early on, African American artists were not working within the mainstream arts community and they were not necessarily understood by their own communities. This left those artists feeling isolated and disconnected. While that still exists, we are now seeing an unprecedented number artists of color at all levels of development. We are also beginning to see an internal perpetuation of visual creativity in the African American community.  This growth illustrates why it is essential to support these artists as they are important to the continuation of this growth. Established black artists are the mentors who help emerging artists grow to the next level through their guidance. Emerging artists must exist and be incubated to grow into the next generation of creative people of color. This year's Noir exemplifies that and is a culmination of that very idea. 

Cover image by Skip Hill