Transforming Anew: Perspectives of Black Men

Transforming Anew Logo (Final)Transforming Anew: Perspectives of Black Men features the work of three dynamic artists presenting their interpretations of the black male image. These images of black men are varied in their medium, presentation, and context, creating a collection of stories that mirror the wide-ranging experiences of the men themselves.  The title of the exhibition is derived from a poem by poet Nikky Finney entitled “At War With Ourselves,” which explores the experience of Black men and boys throughout American history.

Chanel Compton works as an artist and lives by the strong belief that art is a vehicle to connect people.  Her work features portraits of historic black slaves as young men, before they rebelled against their enslavement.

Nehemiah Dixon is a graduate of The Maryland Institute College of Art and a teaching artist whose “Suites of Armor” hoodie sculptures capture the complexities of fear and perceptions of young black men.

David Ibata is an American-Jamaican-Congolese painter whose work focuses on figurative painting and portraiture and takes inspiration from contemporary cinema, current events, and personal history.

 The exhibition will be on display at the Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center from February 6th, 2015 until May 9th, 2015.  The opening reception for the exhibition will be on February 21st from 6pm to 8pm and the artists’ talk will be on March 14th at 2pm. For more information call (301) 809-0440, email, or visit the Museum’s website at

 This exhibition is proudly sponsored by:

Dr. Donald Wallace Jones, Dr. Betty Jean Tolbert Jones and Ms. Tracey Tolbert Jones and also Mary-Frances Winters, President and CEO of The Winters Group, Inc.