New Exhibition:

 

RSVP for David Cassidy’s Exhibition Opening Reception:

Click Here to RSVP & see the art for yourself!

 

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Press Release:

Monica Montgomery, Executive Director

February 2020 

mmontgomery@pgaamcc.org 

 

Celebrate Bold Blackness with the latest exhibit at PGAAMCC featuring local artist David W.M. Cassidy 

 

Celebrate Black Culture, Black Art and Black History Month with Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center during their 10th anniversary year with new exhibits and dynamic events. 

 

PGAAMCC is proud to exhibit Race, Religion & Revolt depicting the artwork of local self taught artist David W. M. Cassidy in partnership with Black Art Today LLC.  Race, Religion & Revolt, by David W. M. Cassidy, is the latest art exhibits that will be featured at PGAAMCC, on view January – May 2020. Themes in his art include faith, politics, manhood-fatherhood, African American struggle and black lives matter. His artistic style is explained as figurative surrealism. Join us on Sunday February 23rd (12pm – 3pm) for a special VIP opening receiption. RSVP and learn more at www.pgaamcc.org/racereligionrevolt  

 

Executive Director + Chief Curator, Monica O. Montgomery states “This exhibit is a must see for the community; Expressive as it is evocative of the souls of black folks. Each work is a sermon, a prayer, a memory of melanin magesty, focused on our joy, our journeys the African American struggle for freedom and dignity, shrouded in a political statement about faith, black lives mattering, black history and black futures. These themees are universal and so necessary to unpack and absorb.” 

 

“Art that comes out of the spirit and soul of the artist is far more useful than that which is merely the technical manipulation of substances. African American art can therefore be copied technologically, but it cannot be fully reproduced outside of the womb of soul and psyche of those who have been “gifted” existentially with the call to speak with that artistic voice. What I do artistically is part of what I believe can be classified as a distinct genre in art, African American art. It is distinct because it comes out of a particular (although not monolithic) shared historical and sociopolitical reality, one that is unique to African Americans.” states Cassidy.   

 

In February PGAAMCC’S theme is Bold Blackness. All month, every month and through our digital #MoreThanAMonth campaign, we will be celebrating the extraordinary achievements, resistance and resilience of the black community by showcasing art, photos, and programs that celebrate unapologetic blackness, love, business, craft and activism.  Our programs are proudly sponsored by Prince George’s Arts and Huamnities Council, Learn more at www.pgaamcc.org/programs  

 

 

2020 is a big year for PGAAMCC as we are proudly celebrating 10 years of serving Prince George’s County and beyond; as a community museum, an art and history hub, and educational resource for families, students and visitors of all ages. In our decade of existence, we have built the museum to new heights, with visitation of 12,000+ people in 2019. We continue to develop outstanding initiatives, programs, and world class exhibitions that has attracted media attention, awards and larger audiences and supporters!  PGAAMCC is a place where all can learn, create, and connect! Representation matters as we continue to highlight Prince George’s African American art and contributions both locally and globally. 

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About 

Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center  

PGAAMCC stands at the intersection of possibilities, realities and transformation as we kick off our 10th anniversary, championing community uplift and conscious raising around the Black experience.  Our 10thanniversary theme ‘The Story Continues…’ amplifies our vision to be recognized as a national and international model for innovative documentation, interpretation, presentation, and preservation of Black history, art, social justice and culture across the diaspora. We are on a mission is to celebrate and inspire the community through the cultivation, preservation, and presentation of the cultural and artistic contributions of African Americans in Prince George’s County, Maryland and beyond. ‘We are A Home for Black Excellence!’ Visit us in person Tuesday – Saturday from 10am – 5pm and online at http://www.pgaamcc.org 

 

Black Art Today! 

Black Art Today! promotesAfrican American art in the genres of performing, visual, and literature that reflects the culture of people of African Descent. Black Art Today! is the point on the trajectory of African American Culture where the African American Experience and Artist Converge! Black Art Today! is dedicated to providing a platform for established, emerging and aspiring artist to display, express, preserve and promote their craft to a broader audience. www.blackarttoday.com  

 

David W. M. Cassidy is a published writer, a published artist. He is a self-taught artist who has had no formal artistic education post high school.  His medium of choice is oil painting.  He is known for a cubist abstractionist style, the boldness of expression and attention to details of color and composition in his paintings.  His artwork is own by over 60 collectors through the United States and Africa.  Author of, The Art of My Life, Blurb.com, and he has designed artwork for United Methodist Publishing House VBS projects; African Methodist Episcopal Church Devotionals, book covers, etc.  

About the Artist:

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David W. M. Cassidy grew up in Compton and Los Angeles
California. Graduated from George Washington (now Preparatory)
High School in 1973. He received a B. A. in Urban and Rural
Studies, University of California, San Diego, Third College, 1978.
He served in the United States Navy as a Hospitalman (HM2), Field
Medical Tech, X-Ray Tech, and Emergency Medical Tech. A
graduate of the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC), C.H.
Mason Seminary, 1990 graduated with honors and received the
Master of Divinity degree. Rev. Dave was licensed in 1982, and
ordained in 1990 by Bishop George Dallas McKinney Jr., Southern
California 2nd Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction, of the Church of God in
Christ.
David W. M. Cassidy is a published writer, a published artist. He is
a self-taught artist who has had no formal artistic education post
high school. His medium of choice is oil painting. He is known for
a cubist abstractionist style, the boldness of expression and
attention to details of color and composition in his paintings. His
artwork is own by over 60 collectors through the United States and
Africa. Author of, The Art of My Life, Blurb.com, and he has
designed artwork for United Methodist Publishing House VBS
projects; African Methodist Episcopal Church Devotionals, book
covers, etc.
David W. M. Cassidy lives in Upper Marlboro, MD and is married
to Rev. Lillian Catherine Smith, Pastor of Cheverly United
Methodist Church, Cheverly, MD. He and Lillian have two sons,
David Charles Jasper Smith-Cassidy and Hayward Felton Earl
Smith-Cassidy.

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