A better tomorrow

February 11 - April 3, 2021
Breed Gallery

The Center is proud to host this special exhibit launching during Black History Month to honor and celebrate the work of Black artists from Abilene and surrounding Texas regions. A committee of dedicated community members has been working to plan this special exhibit. The committee chose the title, A Better Tomorrow, an exhibit meant to inspire audiences to envision a promising future. The exhibit will feature a variety of mediums from nine talented artists.

Exhibit Sponsors:

Lantrip's Custom Homes

NAACP Abilene-Taylor County Chapter

Curtis House Cultural Center

Robison Excelsior Foundation

The Artists:

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Jeremy Biggers

Dallas, TX

Jeremy Biggers’ work is shaped by his experiences, experiences that inform his view of the world. The visual language developed within his work deals with identity as it pertains to “code-switching” and the feeling of being multiple people simultaneously.

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George Cephus

Duncanville, TX

A native Louisianian, George Cerphus developed his art through sketches of the country side and carving / sculpting small animals using native driftwood and clay. George has maintained his love of art through his oil paintings, as well as working with wood that usually begins with a chainsaw graduating to the finer tools of the trade.

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Gusbot Hayes

Wylie, TX

Gusbot Hayes is a recent Spring 2020 Graduate from Abilene Christian University. He comes from Wylie, TX and has been doing art from a young age. He's currently a Visual Arts Teacher in the Garland Independent School District giving the students the same experience that he was given to express themselves artistically.

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Anthia Nibizi

Abilene, TX

Anthia Nibizi is an abstract portraiture artist based in Abilene, Texas. Her medium of choice is mixed media, and she works with a combination of acrylic, oil, ink, and pastels. Her work focuses on portraying black beauty, and the "uniqueness of our features."

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Damone Nickerson

Austin, TX

Born in Abilene, Damone Nickerson received his BFA in Studio Art from The University of Texas at Austin.  Working in cycles of graphite, charcoal, oil, and digital media, primarily as a form of self-expression, he continues to challenge himself to always be improving and expanding his skill set. 

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Dawn Okoro

Austin, TX

Dawn Okoro is a painter, fashion designer, and videographer living in Austin, Texas. Her desire to make art sparked from her love of fashion illustration, photography, and design. She uses fashion as a means of aesthetic expression and resistance.

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Stephanie Prosser

Abilene, TX

Stephanie R. Prosser is a studio artist and muralist who is leaving her mark on the Big Country.  Her colorful paintings, commercial signage, and mural work can be found throughout homes and businesses across West Texas.

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Paris Robertson

Fort Worth, TX

Paris Lafarris Robertson is an artist originally from Mississippi. He received his undergraduate from Abilene Christian University in Fine Arts and his Master's degree from Hardin-Simmons University in Counseling.

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Desiree Vaniecia

Dallas, TX

 Desiree Vaniecia is a contemporary painter who is a McMurry University alum. She lives and works in Dallas, Texas. Raised in a matriarchal home, her work pays homage to her family and their legacy, her distinctive personal style challenges a stereotype of black women constructed by society and the media.

Thank you to our amazing volunteers who serve on the planning committee:

Tremayne Hubbard, Jasmine McCabe-Gossett, Anthia Nibizi, Kaelyn Robinson, Alex Terrell Russell, Garon Shanks, Jamilah Spears, and Sabrina Williams