collage of featured artwork

Black Art & Black Artists Exhibition

Featuring 14 artists from our region, the exhibition explores themes of Black culture, identity and society. Feb. 21-March 17, 2023.

Pictured works left to right: Reimagining Oshun by Kenya Shakoor, The Impossibility of Knowing (30) by JW Harrington, Land of 1000 Hills by Jasmine Iona Brown


Tacoma Community College, the Tacoma Urban League and the Pierce County Black Collective are proud to present “Black Art and Black Artists,” an exhibition that shines a spotlight on the talent that lives and flourishes in our region.

Curated by a panel of art jurists, the exhibition includes powerful work by painters, photographers, glass artists, pastel artists, muralists, and art therapists. Their work explores themes of time and place, of history and identity, of imagining and re-imagining.

As you interact with this exhibition and its associated events, you will encounter some of the Black artists who enrich our communities with their incredible art. We hope that you will take some time to experience their work, and to gain a deeper appreciation for their creative practices by attending a Gallery Talk, Panel Discussion or Family Day event. And we hope that the exhibition inspires you to seek out, celebrate and support Black art by Black artists.



Meet the Artists

Find out more about our selection of featured artists and their mediums.


Gallery Talks

Listen to exhibiting artists discuss their art, inspiration, and creative processes. Engage with the artists and gain a deeper understanding of their lives and works.


Lourdes Jackson

12pm-12:30pmThe Gallery, Bldg. 4

Stephen Simmons

12pm-12:30pmThe Gallery, Bldg. 4

Jasmine Iona Brown

12pm-12:30pmThe Gallery, Bldg. 4



Gwen Jones

12:30pm-1pmThe Gallery, Bldg. 4

Sabreehna S. Essien

12pm-12:30pmThe Gallery, Bldg. 4

JW Harrington

12pm-12:30pmThe Gallery, Bldg. 4



Kenya Shakoor

12:30pm-1pmThe Gallery, Bldg. 4

Necashaw Montgomery

12pm-12:30pmThe Gallery, Bldg. 4

Featured Events

All events will be held in The Gallery (Building 4 at Tacoma Community College) and are free and open to the public.

A group of people stand in the TCC art gallery

Panel Discussion

March 2, 7pm-8:30pm

Listen as a panel of local experts engages with the exhibition and its themes.


A TCC gard holds her baby. They look at each other, smiling.

Family Day

March 4, 10am-2pm

Bring the kids for hands-on art activities and an exhibition “treasure hunt.”



Visit the Exhibition

The exhibition will run from Feb. 21-March 17, 2023.


The Gallery is located in Bldg. 4 at Tacoma Community College, near the corner of 12th and Mildred streets. Visitor Parking is available in Lot G.


The Gallery is open to the public 10am-5pm Monday-Friday, on days the College is open. Admission is free to the public.

Questions? Call 253-460-4306

Thank you to our partners!

Tacoma Urban League logo
The Pierce County Black Collective logo
City of Tacoma Arts Commission logoFunding support provided by