January 21 to April 1, 2017
Legacy Art Gallery Downtown – Inner Gallery | 630 Yates Street
Guest curated by Dr. John Lutz (History, UVic) with Emerald Johnstone Bedell and Caroline Riedel.
Exhibition Catalogue here
We know Grafton Tyler Brown (1841-1918) was one of the first professional landscape artists to work in the Pacific Northwest. His few regional paintings that survive offer vivid windows into the world of 1880s Victoria and British Columbia. Yet, how did this African American artist succeed at a time when racial prejudice prevented most Blacks from entering any skilled profession?
Image credit: Portrait of Artist Grafton Tyler Brown, Image A-08775 courtesy of the Royal BC Museum and Archives
Curator’s Talk with Guest Lecture
February 4 | 3 – 4:30pm *Light Refreshments Provided
Legacy Art Gallery Downtown | 630 Yates Street
Kick-off Black History Month with an afternoon presentation about BC’s first Black professional artist with UVic History Department Chair John Lutz and writer, Robert J. Chandler.
March 10 | 7 – 9pm *Light Refreshments Provided
Legacy Art Gallery Downtown
630 Yates Street
TOPIC: Re-Imagining Race, Art, and Landscape
Three local artists, Charles Campbell, Kemi Craig and Ann-Bernice Thomas respond to the story of Grafton Tyler Brown, BC’s first Black professional artist. Part of Ideafest.
Generously supported by the British Columbia Arts Council