Past Exhibitions

Date/Time Event
Saturday, September 14, 2013 - Friday, February 7, 2014

Philippe Dodard: “The Idea of Modernity in Haitian Contemporary Art”

Philippe Dodard: “The Idea of Modernity in Haitian Contemporary Art”

Community Folk Art Center, Syracuse NY
In category: Exhibitions
Saturday, March 8, 2014 - Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Three in Harmony

Three in Harmony

Community Folk Art Center, Syracuse NY
In category: Exhibitions
Saturday, May 31, 2014
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

42nd Annual Teenage Competitive Art Exhibition

Community Folk Art Center, Syracuse NY
In category: Exhibitions
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

See Me Exhibition

Community Folk Art Center, Syracuse NY
In category: Exhibitions
Saturday, September 20, 2014
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
The Art of Re-Memory: Alumni Artists 1965 - 2014

The Art of Re-Memory: Alumni Artists 1965 - 2014

Community Folk Art Center, Syracuse NY
In category: Exhibitions
Saturday, October 25, 2014 - Saturday, December 13, 2014
12:00 am
Question Bridge|Syracuse The Work of Ellen Blalock

Question Bridge|Syracuse The Work of Ellen Blalock

Community Folk Art Center, Syracuse NY
In category: Exhibitions
Saturday, January 17, 2015 - Saturday, February 28, 2015
12:00 am
Afronauts by Cristina De Middel

Afronauts by Cristina De Middel

Community Folk Art Center, Syracuse NY
In category: Exhibitions
Thursday, March 26, 2015 - Saturday, May 16, 2015
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Post Basquiat: North-South Contemporaneities

Post Basquiat: North-South Contemporaneities

Community Folk Art Center, Syracuse NY
In category: Exhibitions
Saturday, May 30, 2015 - Saturday, June 13, 2015
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
43rd Annual Teenage Competitive Art Exhibition

43rd Annual Teenage Competitive Art Exhibition

Community Folk Art Center, Syracuse NY
In category: Exhibitions
Monday, June 29, 2015 - Saturday, August 15, 2015
12:00 am
See Me Too Exhibition: June 29 - August 15, 2015

See Me Too Exhibition: June 29 - August 15, 2015

Community Folk Art Center, Syracuse NY
In category: Exhibitions
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - Saturday, August 15, 2015
12:00 am
Green Eyes: El Viejo work by Ben Cleeton

Green Eyes: El Viejo work by Ben Cleeton

Community Folk Art Center, Syracuse NY
In category: Exhibitions
Saturday, August 29, 2015 - Saturday, December 5, 2015
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
RESISTANCE: Works by Najee Dorsey

RESISTANCE: Works by Najee Dorsey

Community Folk Art Center, Syracuse NY
In category: Exhibitions
Thursday, October 15, 2015
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Artist Talk with Najee Dorsey

Artist Talk with Najee Dorsey

Community Folk Art Center, Syracuse NY
In category: Exhibitions
Saturday, January 30, 2016 - Saturday, April 23, 2016
12:00 am
As Bad As I Wanna Be: Reimaging Black Womanhood

As Bad As I Wanna Be: Reimaging Black Womanhood

Community Folk Art Center, Syracuse NY
In category: Exhibitions
Saturday, May 7, 2016 - Friday, May 20, 2016
12:00 am
44th Annual Teenage Competitive Art  Exhibition

44th Annual Teenage Competitive Art Exhibition

Community Folk Art Center, Syracuse NY
In category: Exhibitions
Tuesday, June 7, 2016 - Tuesday, June 21, 2016
12:00 am
Rosamond Gifford Zoo Exhibition

Rosamond Gifford Zoo Exhibition

Community Folk Art Center, Syracuse NY
In category: Exhibitions
Tuesday, June 28, 2016 - Saturday, August 13, 2016
12:00 am
3rd Annual See Me Too Exhibition

3rd Annual See Me Too Exhibition

Community Folk Art Center, Syracuse NY
In category: Exhibitions
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 - Saturday, December 3, 2016
12:00 am
Two Sides of James Ransome: Known and Unknown

Two Sides of James Ransome: Known and Unknown

Community Folk Art Center, Syracuse NY
In category: Exhibitions
Thursday, November 10, 2016
6:00 pm
IT'S A WRAP! West African Textiles

IT'S A WRAP! West African Textiles

SU Art Galleries, Syracuse NY
In category: Exhibitions
Tuesday, January 24, 2017 - Saturday, March 25, 2017
12:00 am
I, too, am America: A Song of Race and Language

I, too, am America: A Song of Race and Language

Community Folk Art Center, Syracuse NY
In category: Exhibitions

Community Folk Art Center prides itself on continually presenting art exhibitions that stimulate the mind and move the emotions. Since 1972, CFAC has featured exhibitions by local, national and internationally recognized artists. CFAC offers several exhibitions each year along with related programs such as artist talks, workshops and demonstrations. The exhibitions and programs give visitors a chance to not only view works of art, but also the ability to interact with artists on a more personal level. Three gallery spaces, Gallery 805, Herbert T. Williams Gallery and Corridor Gallery allow display of up to three concurrent exhibitions at one time. Recent offerings have included exhibitions featuring works by Elizabeth Catlett, Faith Ringgold, the AfriCOBRA collective, and CFAC founders David MacDonald, Jack White and Herb Williams.

Give & Take: The Currency of Culture
Run: June 21, 2013 – August 24, 2013

Community Folk Art Center presented “Give & Take: The Currency of Culture” featuring new, site-specific installations and performance art by Aisha Cousins, Nzuji De Magalhães and Nontsikelelo Mutiti. During the opening reception on June 21st from 5-7 pm, there will be a hair-related art performance by Mutiti and visitors will have the opportunity to participate in the creation of an art score, an interactive performance, by Cousins.

“Give & Take: The Currency of Culture” is an exhibition that is exploring the complex and symbiotic relationship between Africans and African Americans. The artists in this exhibition investigate a wide range of topics from Fela Kuti’s Africa American lover, Sandra Smith, to misconceptions about Africa and Africans.

Nzuji De Magalhães was born and raised in Luanda, Angola to an African father and African American mother.  Both perspectives have shaped the creative explorations currently unfolding and developing within her studio. De Magalhães’ artwork vividly critiques social-cultural stereotypes, post-colonial discourse, myth, ethnicity, politics and other challenges she has confronted in her life.  She received her BA in Studio Arts from the University of California, Irvine and her MFA from University of Southern California.  De Magalhães has exhibited extensively throughout the United States including the Studio Museum, Hammer Museum, and California African American Museum.  De Magalhães’ has received numerous prestigious honors and most recently, won the Los Angeles Metro Station Public Art Competition in 2013.  Her work is featured in a number of private collections including David Allen Grier, CCH Ponder-Kone and the Studio Museum.   De Magalhães currently lives and works in Orange County, California.

Aisha Cousins is a Brooklyn-based artist that writes performance art scores (instructions for live art projects) that engage Black audiences from different backgrounds in exploring their ideas about beauty and processing the changes taking place in their worlds. Her interactive, public performance art scores have been performed on the streets of historically Black neighborhoods from BedStuy (Brooklyn) to Brixton (London), as well as with institutions such as Museum Of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Houston’s Project Row Houses, and the internationally renowned Kitchen. Recently, her work was published by MoMA PS1 alongside scores by Kara Walker, William Pope L., Coco Fusco, and Sherman Flemming in the catalog for  “Clifford Owens: Anthology” an abstract compendium of notable Black performance artists. Cousins’ public projects have received multiple awards from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs for the following performances Diva Dutch (2009), Story Skirts (2011), Brer Rabbit Day (2012). Cousin’s work has been featured on television and in print, including coverage in New York’s Daily News, The New York Times and the Studio Museum in Harlem’s Magazine. In June, Cousins will begin an artist-in-residence for Create Change.

Nontsikelelo Mutiti is a Zimbabwean-born artist, graphic designer and educator working across disciplines to produce work that is light-based, physical, digital, audio visual and textual. Mutiti considers her work to be bilingual, speaking to her Shona heritage as well as other influences that have shaped her cultural identity. By traversing the boundaries of fine art, design and social practice Mutiti is committed to interacting with different audiences being ever mindful of the content that context brings to her work. A graduate from Zimbabwe Institute of Digital Arts and an MFA from Yale School of Art. Most recently 2012, Mutiti was the recipient of the Alice Kimball English Traveling Fellowship as well as named a fellow with the Create Change Program with the Laundromat Project in New York City. In addition to pursuing self-initiated projects and design commissions, Mutiti holds an adjunct position at in the New Media Department at SUNY Purchase


41st Annual Teenage Competition Arts Exhibition
Run: May 18, 2013 – June 1, 2013

The Syracuse Chapter of the Links, Inc. in cooperation with Community Folk Art Center and local school districts is pleased to announce the 41st Annual Teenage Competitive Art Exhibition!

This year’s show will run from May 18th through June 1st.  The reception and awards ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2013 from 1-3p.m. at Community Folk Art Center.  The deadline for artwork to be dropped off for the exhibition is May 6, 2013.

The ongoing purpose of this exhibition is to provide an opportunity for teenagers (ages 13-19) of African American, Hispanic American, Native American and Asian American heritage as well as those from other underrepresented groups who demonstrate talent in the fine arts.

Participation continues to grow each year, and we expect that this year’s program will continue in the fine tradition that has been established. All students who take part in the exhibition will be recognized with a certificate of participation, and ribbons and monetary prizes will be given in categories of drawing, painting, mixed media (including photography, collage, prints, etc.), and three-dimensional work (including sculpture, fiber and ceramics).  Ribbons and prizes will also be awarded in special categories of Most Eclectic, Director’s Choice, and Best in Show.

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