‘Beauty’ by Wendy Kendrick is one of the pieces selected by curator Bettye J. Stull for her new ‘Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow’ exhibition at Ohio Wesleyan’s Ross Art Museum. An opening reception is scheduled for Jan. 27 at the Delaware museum. (Photo by Tammy Wallace)

‘Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow’

Ross Art Museum Exhibits Works of African American Artists Curated by Bettye J. Stull

By Cole Hatcher

DELAWARE – The newest exhibit at Ohio Wesleyan University’s Richard M. Ross Art Museum is a first-of-its-kind showcase of African American artists curated by Bettye J. Stull, former longtime curator for The Martin Luther King Jr. Performing and Cultural Arts Complex in Columbus.

Stull’s “Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow” display includes 30 regional artists highlighting the talents of those who are emerging, established, or no longer with us.

“The exhibition provides a broad range of how art continues to evolve from established artists to emerging and new artists,” Stull says in her artist statement. “The artists selected are some of the most important African American modern and contemporary artists working in Columbus.”

The exhibit will run from Jan. 22 through March 31 at the Ross, 60 S. Sandusky St., Delaware, with an opening reception scheduled for 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 27.

“In the late ’60s and 1970s, renowned artists such as Robert Stull, Elijah Pierce, Pheoris West, Aminah Robinson, and Mahler Ryder were forerunners to emerging artists Kojo Kamau, Queen Brooks, Barbara Chavous, Ben Crumpleer, Ed Colston, Walt Neil, Larry Winston Collins, Gilda Edwards, and Smoky Brown to name a few, and to exciting new visionaries including Omar Shaheed, Talle Bamazi, April Sunami, Antoinette Savage, Wendy Kendrick, Nora Musu, Percy King, Shelbi Harris Roseboro, (and) Kenya Davis,” says Stull, whose work as an arts educator has earned her the Greater Columbus Arts Council Award as well as the Award for Outstanding Achievement from the Ohio Craft Museum.

“Each artist’s approach to cultural and social identity is different yet similar in form, color, patterns, and styles communicating a ‘spirit’ of harmony with one another,” she says of the artists featured in her “Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow” exhibit.

During the academic year, Ohio Wesleyan’s Ross Art Museum is open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. It will be closed March 9-18 for spring break. The museum is handicap-accessible and admission is always free. Call (740) 368-3606 or visit www.owu.edu/ross for more information. Follow the museum of Facebook page at www.facebook.com/RossArtMuseum.

Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier liberal arts universities. Located in Delaware, Ohio, the private university offers more than 90 undergraduate majors and competes in 25 NCAA Division III varsity sports. Through Ohio Wesleyan’s signature OWU Connection program, students integrate knowledge across disciplines, build a diverse and global perspective, and apply their knowledge in real-world settings. Ohio Wesleyan is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives” and included in the U.S. News & World Report and Princeton Review “best colleges” lists. Learn more at www.owu.edu.