Blackbird Fly Art Exhibit, Lecture and Workshop

Blackbird Fly Art Exhibit

A Collection of Works by Antoinette Cauley

If you missed Antoinette's lecture, or just want to know more about the works on display, we encourage you to watch the recording of her Visiting Artist Lecture (password: GWSpeaks2022).

GateWay Community College's Center for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Art Gallery, and Center for Student Life & Leadership are excited to host the public unveiling of one of Phoenix's rising artists, Antoinette Cauley.

The Art Gallery is open to the public during gallery hours to see the Collection of Works by Antoinette Cauley until July 28, 2022.
 

Artist Statement on "Blackbird Fly"

Blackbird Fly

“Blackbird Fly'' is an exploration into how artist Antoinette Cauley’s relocation from Phoenix, Arizona (U.S.A.) to Berlin, Germany during the Covid-19 pandemic has influenced and reshaped her views on systemic racism, her home country, and her overall identity as a biracial Black woman. Created during the course of two years, this series delves into childhood trauma and psychological triggers relating to abandonment, survival and hyper independence in youth and their connection to time and place.

Referencing The Beatles “Blackbird”, a song about a group of Black American women during the civil rights era, this body of work speaks to the long term effects of trauma (both generationally and individually) and the systemic barriers it creates for members of the Black American community specifically. Through the images of young black girls and women covered in tattoos along with bright city landscapes, this work outwardly correlates the black childhood experience with the consequences of living in a society riddled with systemic racism and a history of extreme violence against the people of the global majority.

Blackbird Fly

By referencing Black youth in combination with Black hood feminism, this series also explores the common social tropes that exist within the Black community; specifically, the single parent household of black children. 65% of Black children in America live in a one parent household and more commonly stay with their mothers. As a result, this often leads to hyper independence and self sufficiency in children within our communities. This work looks to reference this cultural phenomenon with the intention of raising awareness about very layered issues that stem from hundreds of years of oppression, slavery and violent injustices against Black Americans.

This event is sponsored by GateWay’s U.S. Department of Education Title V Hispanic Serving Institution grant ÉXITO (#P031S190167).

 

Antoinette Cauley

International artist Antoinette Cauley was born in Phoenix, Arizona (U.S.A.) and draws her inspiration from the grittiness and beauty within her place of birth. Her work is heavily influenced by rap music and Black American hood culture with a feminist tone and an overall focus of fem empowerment. Visually, she combines the dynamism of rap music with powerful punches of vibrant color and deep, emotionally driven messages. Cauley attended Mesa Community College where she studied Fine Art with an emphasis in painting. During this time she held a two year apprenticeship with nationally renowned American oil painter Chris Saper who taught her the ins and outs of the fine art industry.

Along with her unique and distinguishable paintings, Cauley is most known for her nine stories tall mural of Civil Rights activist, James Baldwin in downtown Phoenix, Arizona. Cauley has won several awards for her works including first place at the Artlink 19th Annual Juried Exhibition in 2019. Along with her awards, Cauley has been featured on various television and print publications including PBS, NPR, JAVA Magazine (cover), Forbes and was named one of Phoenix Magazine’s “Great 48: 48 Most Influential people in the state of Arizona” in 2019. Cauley is now based in Berlin, Germany but remains heavily involved in the Phoenix community.

To see more of Antoinette’s paintings, see antoinettecauley.com.


Art Exhibit Public Opening: Friday, April 8 | Art Gallery – Main Building, MA1189 | 6 p.m. 

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Note: After the opening, the Art Gallery is open to the public during gallery hours to see the Collection of Works by Antoinette Cauley until July 28, 2022.

 

Tickets are required for entry. 
Given the high demand anticipated for this event, each registration is limited to 2 tickets. Duplicate registrations will be voided.

Support Antoinette by purchasing her original works and/ or shopping limited edition merchandise including prints, shirts and more during the opening exhibition.

This event is sponsored by GateWay’s U.S. Department of Education Title V Hispanic Serving Institution grant ÉXITO (#P031S190167).


Artist Lecture: Wednesday, April 13 | Copper Room | 6 p.m. 

If you missed Antoinette's lecture, or just want to know more about the works on display, we encourage you to watch the recording of her Visiting Artist Lecture (password: GWSpeaks2022).

Join GateWay Community College for an exclusive opportunity to hear our featured artist, Antoinette Cauley. During this discussion, Antoinette Cauley will discuss her current body of work, "Blackbird Fly," and how her transition from Phoenix to Berlin ultimately led to this vibrant and bold body of work. She will also go in depth about her current studio practice, painting technique and discuss her journey as an international painter over the past several years.


Black Artist Workshop: Saturday, April 16 | Copper Room | 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Building on the opening of Blackbird Fly: A Collection of Paintings by Antoinette Cauley, GateWay Community College's Center for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and Art Gallery are excited to support a one-day workshop intended to help develop Black artists and introduce skills to navigate the art industry with Antoinette Cauley and select colleagues.

During this workshop, Antoinette Cauley will guide participants through working sessions on:

  • Your work, technical skill, and finding your voice
  • Managing mental health through the work
  • Galleries, Museums & Relationships
  • Grants, Pricing & Generating Revenue

LOCATION: 
GateWay Community College
108 North 40th Street  |  Phoenix, AZ 85034
Center for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion – Art Gallery
Main Building – MA1189  |  Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  
gatewaycc.edu/art-gallery