Charlie Billingsly's professional headshot (left) and Von Ross' professional headshot (right). They are both black woman, both are smiling, and Charlie has long, straight dark hair while Von has long, wavy dark hair.
Charlie Billingsly (left) and Von Ross (right).

On view February 10 – July 13, 2024

Opening celebration February 9 from 4:30–6:30. Light refreshments will be served. 

This exhibition is presented by The Museum for Black Girls, directed by Charlie Billingsly and Von Ross. In their own words, Billingsly and Ross “explore the different ways that Black women are the foundation and blueprint [for the idea of home]…. The installation invites visitors to reflect on the profound impact Black women have had on shaping the concept of home, both as a physical space and as a metaphorical sanctuary of strength, resilience, and cultural richness.”

The Socially Engaged Artist-in-Residence Program and We CU: A Visual Celebration of Black Womanhood, Presence, and Connectedness exhibition is generously supported by CU Boulder Student Arts and Cultural Enrichment fees, CU Art Museum members, and the CU Boulder Libraries. As part of this program, artists are invited to mine the collections of the CU Art Museum and University Libraries’ Rare & Distinctive Collections to create new artwork that addresses political or social issues and/or critiques patterns of oppression and cultural norms that disenfranchise communities.

This program is curated by Sandra Q. Firmin, director, CU Art Museum, and Megan K. Friedel, Head of Collections Management & Stewardship for the University Libraries’ Rare & Distinctive Collections. The museum acknowledges the collaborative effort of all CU Art Museum and University Libraries personnel who have assisted in presenting this exhibition: Pedro Caceres, Elizabeth van der Marck-Gregg, David Hays, Stephen Martonis, Maggie Mazzullo, Hope Saska and Kate Tallman.

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