Please join us for the opening reception of «Colorism: Thinking Outside the Paper Bag», a solo exhibition featuring the art of Ashley A. Jones, curated by Tara Fay Coleman.
About the exhibition:
Dates: January 19 — February 16, 2019
Gallery Hours: Sundays 1-4pm, or by Appointment
Opening: Saturday, January 19, 6-9pm
Closing: Saturday, February 16, 6-9pm
Colorism: Looking Outside the Brown Paper Bag is a collection of work by artist Ashley A. Jones that explores the complex experience African American women have with the standardized ideas of beauty, while addressing issues surrounding hair, politics, classism, acceptance, and identity. As a subcategory of racism, colorism has encouraged an ideological mode of thinking that places favoritism upon lighter skin tones, straight hair, and other European phenotypic characteristics. The work in this exhibition also shows the role that African American women play in continuing this narrative of discrimination while asking the viewer to explore and judge for themselves where they stand in this controversial social phenomenon.
About the artist:
Ashley A. Jones is an art educator, lecturer, researcher and an urban realism artist from Duquesne, Pennsylvania. In 2005, Jones received her BA in studio arts from Central State University in Ohio and in 2018 she completed her MFA in drawing at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Jones’s artwork has been highly exhibited in Southwestern Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Canada. Her works include drawings, paintings and installation art that serve as a means of both recognizing and creating new understandings and conversations about how our culture views and approaches Black women, their physical appearance and how society defines beauty and its standard.