Art Center Sarasota, ASALH and the Suncoast Black Arts Collaborative have partnered to present the 2021 Black Muse exhibition, showing work from Florida artists of African descent. The exhibit will be presented virtually until Friday, March 5, on each organization's website.
The $1,000 first prize went to Krystle Lemonias, a Jamaican-born artist who lives in Tampa. Her winning works, Portrait of the Present and Eeh, Hole Still, tell the story of Black immigrant women who contribute to America's workforce. The $750 second prize went to Jesse Clark, a Haitian-American photographer and Ringling College of Art and Design student. His winning works are titled, Distractions and Up Against the World, and focus on issues of social injustice and how society sees Black males.
Honorable mentions went to Cora Marshall of St. Petersburg, Musa Kunene, a Swaziland-born student at Ringling, and Greg Rumph, the vice principal at Riverview High School.