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The View from Within

April 27 @ 11:00 am - July 14 @ 4:00 pm

Art & History Museums – Maitland

This exhibition is an introduction to the work of two emerging women artists with strong ties to Florida, Trinidadian artist Nneka Jones and African American artist Shannon Elyse. The exhibition provides a rare opportunity to move beyond consumption and assumptions, artistic tropes and stereotypes, and experience introspective art that reveals the inner voice and motivations of these two artists. The exhibition is a partnership with the Tampa (FL) Chapter of The Links Inc. The Links is an international service organization of 17,000 professional women of African descent in 299 chapters in forty-one states, the Bahamas, and the United Kingdom. This exhibition will be co-curated by sculptor and multidisciplinary artist Kendra Frorup, a Links member and Assistant Professor of Sculpture at the University of Tampa.

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About the artists:

Nneka Jones is a contemporary multidisciplinary artist who enjoys working in mixed media, embroidery, textiles, and paint exploring both large-scale mural work and small-scale, intimate pieces. The Trinidadian born artist produces thought-provoking artwork that comments on social and environmental injustice, and is a graduate of the University of Tampa.
One of her most notable achievements was a commission from TIME magazine to produce the cover artwork for the August 31st/ September 7th issue 2020. Her work has since been acquired by the Tampa Museum of Art, FL, Florida Craft Art Gallery, FL, The Ferman Center for the Arts, University of Florida, and many other private and public collectors. She uses her artwork as a tool to advocate for the protection of women and girls of color, and is most known for her realistic embroidered portraits with lasting impressions, but continues to be open and experimental in her practice.

Shannon Elyse Curry was born in Carmel, California. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Studio Art and Art History as an honors scholar at Spelman College in Atlanta, GA. Moving around the globe as the daughter of a career Naval Officer shaped her art and creative sensibilities. Shannon is a jazz musician and vocalist, book cover illustrator, a muralist, painter, educator, and sought-after artist for exhibition and commissioned work. Shannon works in many artistic mediums and experiments with color and its place and influence in art spaces.
She has a passion for education and as a certified teacher in Art K-12 and ESE K-12, Shannon Elyse offers a wide variety of artistic and creative experiences tailored to both children and adults. Shannon has taught art and exceptional education for over ten years and is keenly focused on the benefits of artistic expression for students receiving exceptional education services. She has focused much of her work on intersections between the arts, art as therapy and student achievement. As a working artist, she has earned accolades exhibiting in various arenas throughout the United States, most recently, Reverberations at the James Wildlife Museum in collaboration with the Carter G. Woodson Museum of Florida and the Scarfone Gallery and the Tampa Museum of Art. In addition to exhibiting and work acquired by galleries, her work has been sold to private collectors around the world.