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How to Write About Black Art with Richard Allen May III – Part 2

November 13, 2021

Inlandia’s Blacklandia Event Series Presents

How to Write About Black Art with Richard Allen May III – Part 2

On Zoom. Free and open to the public, but registration is required

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Back by popular demand, Writing about Black Art with Richard Allen May III returns this November with both new and continued explorations of Black art. If you’re curious about Black art and interested in learning more about it – and would like to discover new tools for experiencing and writing about art – then please join Inlandia Institute’s Blacklandia events series for this in-depth virtual workshop, “How to Write About Black Art, Part 2” with Richard Allen May III. Classes run for three consecutive Saturdays – November 6, 13, and 20, 2021 – from 4:00-6:00 PM, and are free and open to the public.

This second series of workshops on How to Write About Black Art concentrates on making Black art accessible to readers through the methodology of Formalism where the emphasis is analyzing the elements of form (structure) in a work of art such as line, composition, light, color, shape, balance, and texture. The outcome of this three-week workshop is that through peer discussion and peer reviews, participants will produce a minimum of two edited and revised essays on Black art that reflect proficiency in using the language of art and design.

Free and open to the public. You are not required to have taken Part 1 of this workshop series to participate in Part 2. To register, please visit:

Artist and educator, Richard Allen May III comes with a wealth of knowledge about the AfriCOBRA Movement, having written the forward to AfriCOBRA: Experimental Art Toward a School of Thought, published by Duke University, 2020. He is a staff writer at Artillery magazine and his work has been displayed in art galleries throughout the Inland Empire, as well as exhibits throughout the United States. May has taught courses in community colleges, universities, and prisons and will discuss his artwork in the context of community.

The Blacklandia events series was initiated in 2020 in response to the May 25, 2020 murder of George Floyd at the hands of police. As an organization centered around the power of words – and one that values speaking up, and speaking out – Inlandia made a renewed and public commitment to providing a space for people in the Black community to come together, and from that arose a Black-led Black voices steering committee, and a new series of events, Blacklandia.

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