This self portrait by Gilbert Young is not of his face, it’s a mixed media drawing of his own hands which have created works of art that have been featured in movies and on television, been commissioned and presented to presidents of the United States, and garnered national and international accolades.
Gilbert Young is a nationally renowned artist, muralist, and art conservator. Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, he served 27 years as director and conservator of the multi-million dollar University of Cincinnati Fine Art Collection. A few of his monumental mural projects can still be viewed in the greater Cincinnati area.
In 1994 Young was named Artist-in-Residence to the University of Cincinnati. He relocated to Atlanta, Georgia in 1995 and became Artistic Director for the International Paint Pals Art Competition in conjunction with the 1996 Olympics. He was commissioned by Procter & Gamble to design the Salute to Greatness Award presented by the Martin Luther King Center for Non-Violent Social Change, and was featured in Ebony Man magazine as a “Talented & Impressive Black Artist.” Young is the first artist to perform live on stage accompanied by an entire symphony orchestra while creating a commemorative work. The painting of Maestro Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati POPS orchestra was recently installed in the new School for the Creative and Performing Arts in Cincinnati. Gilbert was recognized in “Who’s Who in Black Atlanta,” the 2010 and 2012 editions, and in July, 2011 he was honored by recording artist Big Boi and the Big Kidz Foundation as one of five “Champions of the Arts” along with Academy Award winner Mo’Nique, and actress/director Jasmine Guy. In 2012, Gilbert was inducted into the 66th edition of “Who’s Who in America.”
Young is a frequent lecturer and has been invited to speak at colleges and universities around the country including Harvard Law School, Spelman College, and Morehouse College. In 2001 he was presented with the prestigious Heritage Award for Outstanding Visual Arts at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York. In 2004, he received the Pallet Award for Lifetime Achievement in the arts during the Heritage Arts Festival in Atlanta. In 2011 he was honored with a Resolution from the Georgia House of Representatives naming him State of Georgia Artist of the Year, and in 2013 he received the Phoenix Award from the city of Atlanta for outstanding contributions to the arts as he celebrated his 50th year as a professional artist. In 2014 He was awarded the “Hero & Heroine Lifetime Achievement Award” during the Sweet Auburn Spring Fest. In 2015 the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus recognized him for outstanding artistic achievement. And this year, in 2017, Gilbert Young received a Lifetime Achievement award from the Barack H. Obama Foundation.
Young is the only artist in the world to paint a portrait of an American President that is signed by the subject. The piece is entitled, “History + Hope = Change and was signed by Barack Obama in 2008. In 2015, the artist was commissioned by the Congressional Club of Washington to create a portrait of Michelle Obama to be presented to her during the annual First Lady's Luncheon in Washington, DC. Young's portrait honored Mrs. Obama's "Let's Move" campaign and was unveiled during the luncheon.
Artwork by Gilbert Young can be found in galleries throughout the United States, in select cities around the world, and in many private and corporate collections including St. Petersburg, Russia’s City Hall.
The phenomenal and thriving artist Lina Iris Viktor will present her first major museum exhibit at The New Orleans Museum of Art, opening this fall. Titled Lina Iris Viktor: A Haven. A Hell. A Dream Deferred, the installation will be on display from October 5th, 2018 through January 6th, 2019.
A Haven. A Hell. A Dream Deferred will feature an entirely new body of work created by Viktor that investigates the narratives surrounding America’s involvement in the founding of Liberia. Throughout the exhibit, the artist reimagines the rich history of Liberia’s colonial past. “Liberia appears in Viktor’s re-imagining as a kind of paradise lost, and as a cautionary tale,” said Allison Young, an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow of Contemporary Art. “At the same time, her work transcends this narrative, revealing how examples of visual culture—from Dutch Wax fabrics to national emblems to gestures in the history of portraiture—exist as remnants of these colonial histories.”
Based in New York, the British-Liberian artist is highly known for her luxurious large-scale paintings and installations that are adorned with gold and include references to both modern and traditional West African culture.
“NOMA is pleased to present Lina Iris Viktor’s exhibition, and to foreground a lesser-known history of which the American South was a part,” said Susan Taylor, NOMA’s Montine McDaniel Freeman Director. “In this series, Viktor offers her unique perspective on a complex and multifaceted history.”
Programs related to the exhibition feature conversations led by Lina Iris Viktor and Allison Young, a film series, and a special talk with Viktor and curator Renée Mussai. For more information, please visit NOMA READ MORE........