Museum of Sonoma County’s ‘Art in Conversation’ features Black artists and their inspirations

20 February 2023

Four Black contemporary artists were the focal point Sunday of the Museum of Sonoma County’s “Art in Conversation: Black Resistance in Contemporary Art” — a panel discussion about the artists’ work, what it means to be a Black artist today, and the works as forms of resistance in Black culture.

Featured artists Unity Lewis, Michael Granville, and TheArthur Wright were joined by panel moderator Denise Ward, a Sonoma County metal artist.

An audience of about 75 people watched a three-minute video showcasing 400 years of Black art and excellence as a kick off to Sunday’s panel.

“Art has always been the light to show us what people looked like, what they did, how they existed as humans on this planet,” Ward said during the discussion. “If you want to learn about civilization, don’t look at history books — look at art.”

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