Featured Artist Makeba Kedem-Dubose

"Art is Business" 

The opening reception is Friday,  16 September 2016, open studios and Bronzeville Summer Night Art District Trolley Tour.  Artist Reception 5-6pm, Trolley Tour 6-9pm, Alley Activation 5-10pm. 436 E. 47th Street, Chicago IL  60653.

Makeba Kedem-Dubose studied interior design at Harrington College of Design. She has been an established Chicago-based, multidisciplinary visual artist, curator, and arts educator for over 20 years.

One of the first five artists honored by Diaspora Rhythms in 2003, Her work has been featured in various publications and many private collections worldwide, notably African Art: The Diaspora and Beyond by Daniel T. Parker, which features her art on the back cover. Poet Tara Betts also owns Makeba’s art and features it on the cover of her book Arc and Hue. In addition, her art is included in the collection of Oprah Winfrey–inspired artworks honoring the talk show host, A Time a Season, compiled by Janelle Dowell. Gallery owner Nicole Smith, fashion designer Barbara Bates, and DuSable Museum of African American History Director Dr. Carol Adams also collect Kedem-Dubose’s art.

I aim to pull viewers into a bigger picture beyond themselves to realize our origin. I view my art as a tool with the ultimate purpose of peace, painting with my heart and soul, knowing I am merely a vehicle for Love expressions from the creator of us all. Media, but are not limited to, acrylic paint, latex paint, paper, copper, canvas, ink, oil sticks, graphite, bark, branches, textiles, thread, ceramic tiles, wood, red beans, and other found objects.  Makeba

CAM 2015 Featured Artists Photo Shoot with Featured Artist and Curator of Migrations In Black and White CAM 2015 Featured Exhibition Program - 

Bold colors are my technicians to push the limits of the imagination. Strong lines are my fiery strokes to visually represent the thread that spiritually connects us to one another while simultaneously exploring the human connection with nature. These components unite as a catalyst to heal the effects of racism and separatism by displaying the varying hues of the human race often within a single image. 

Art Talks explored issues of interest and concern to artists and the art community, including political, environmental, moral, social, global, or personal ones. Black Experimentalism, Let Us Examine the State of Our Environment is a featured program as part of the Phantom Gallery Chicago Network, Bronzeville Artist Lofts Art, and Community Intersection.